An Eminent Photographer to Both Fashion and Royalty

 Lord Snowdon is behind the considerable logic of why noble yet fascinating photographs endure of the most immense icons in fashion, from presenting the reality of an apprehensive Christian Dior to showing the opulence that of John Galliano possesses as he is seen lounging across cream fabric of course including that of his dominant americane moustache as if hand-drawn. You name it, Snowdon’s done it. Stating “I hate the word portraits”, Snowdon majority of captures have the components of adequate frames and show the spectacle of reality of people’s nature causing controversy against society’s speculation of opinion. 

Born in the hustling city of London, England, Snowdon was first influenced by his art focused great-grandfather, Edward Linley Sandborn being that of a mordant photographer and cartoonist. Not only does it run from his sardonic great-grand-father, but also Oliver Messel, Snowdon’s uncle having the prolific career of a theatre, ballet and opera designer.  Furthermore, in 1943, Snowdon was enrolled to the well regarded Eton College alike to his barrister father, Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones. Here was where Snowdon took a profound intrigue in the significant topics of Science and Engineering however this was soon overpowered by his interest in photography therefore he effectively came to the decision of invigorating the lacking Eton Photographic Society .

A deplorable incident occurred during Snowdon’s period of a 16 year old; he was contracted with the lamentable disease of polio bringing great distress and trauma to him-self and his family. Meanwhile, as an act of condolence and to less an the feeling of durability in hospital, Snowdon’s mother, Anne Messel permitted Snowdon with a camera with the acknowledgement that it would envision her son’s successful prospects. 6 months later, Snowdon was not entirely recovered still holding the devastating impact of a withered left leg, marginally briefer than that of his right leg.

Subsequently, Snowdon’s intellect in the field of Science brought him to the obvious conclusion of studying the resourceful subject during his University years at Jesus College, Cambridge. Despite Snowdon’s dedication to Science, he soon discovered that his yearning of photography was at a much greater level, with gratitude to his theatrical productions working uncle as inspiration, Snowdon then converted to studying architecture which includes photography regarding buildings. As a result, Snowdon purchased his first extensive form of camera, a second hand Thornton Pickard. Quoting – “I used to stay with him (uncle) in Venice and we would walk all night. Most people look down. He taught me to look up. You miss so much not looking up.”, hardly any time passed before Snowdon was capturing portrait schemes of photography. 

Significantly, Snowdon’s first profitably published photograph was that in Tatler, a British associative magazine considering the outset of his apprentice alongside London humanity photographer Baron. Additionally, 3 years passed and it was 1954 when Snowdon photographed that of the opening of Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables, two one act plays of whom Rattigan achieved the pride of a CBE for writing such a phenomenal piece of literature. This capture of such a superlative spectacle provided Snowdan with tremendous promotion over the theatre industry as well as his intense superiority in the field of society photography. This stride in Snowdon’s already-enormous popularity gave him numerous opportunities such as photographing for the favoured fashion and life-style magazines: Vogue, Tatler and even Harper’s Bazaar.

An example of Snowdan’s legendary work includes that of US Vogue’s issue cover in April 1971 presenting British American glamour actress, Elizabeth Taylor giving the convincing stare emphasising her consciousness and opulence. Snowdan’s choice of a cougar blue definitely contrasts exceptionally with that of Taylor’s nude based make up. Not only contrast but the maya blue eye’s Taylor acquires corresponds to the enigmatic backdrop adding mystery and an eerie sense. Moreover this can be related to the prestige theme involved in that of Taylor’s endeavours. Another evidently conferred feature is the way in which Snowdon is able to create effect, in this specific image being the excessive neutrality of Taylor’s profound facial expression, this conveys how placid clients felt working beside Snowdon.

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Secondly, after a multitude of perpetual research, I finally came across this vintage and exceedingly elegant Snowdon capture of Jean Quick. Although thorough inquiry by myself was undertaken, I was unable to uncover any kind of information about this women categorically thus I can only case my perspective on the image itself without reference to reality. To start with, this photograph appears to have been set in that of an ornate cafe/restaurant depicted from the luxurious cloth and expensive-looking attire. Coincidently, Quick gives me the impression that likewise to the aspect of Taylor, she is a remarkably enigmatic woman, perhaps a person who goes unnoticed, inexorably the standard of person with a preference to being in their own presence rather than others hence the inadequacy of information around the internet. Something more, the idea that the background is blurred evidently is intended for us to focus on quick, stating a matter of the women looking mediocre externally nonetheless being the holder of something substantial internally. Quick causes my feelings to recalibrate into intimidation as if the image is reticently applying an act of coercion. 

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Comprehensive of all of Snowdon’s pieces, the most iconic ultimate is the many captured of Princess Margaret, Snowdon’s authoritative wife from 1960 till 1978. For instance, the primed portrait photograph of the princess is shown attiring extravagant and extensive earrings that justify the momentous women’s affluence and fascinating prosperity. On the other hand, what is the most appealing about this photograph is the ceaseless shadow amongst her face that separates in addition to giving dominance to a sentiment of two sides. When it comes to a dark and light colour, this sentiment distinctly represents the concept of good and bad, angel and devil, and yin and yang. Undoubtedly a royal in the spotlight of fashion must demand an element of her life and soul that is private which this idea could be a rumination of.

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Overall, my reaction to Snowdon is quite controversial. Although being able to constitute the most awe-provoking photographs, I still do not utterly believe in the entire concept of each after the meticulous depictions I have approximately analysed. Decidedly, every Snowdon photo I have seen so far illustrates a genuine secrecy that other images do not, just showing the notion that everything is not what you see it as and everybody has a concealed enigma corresponding to his 2008 biography’s confession to unconstitutionally fathering a child briefly preceding on from his divorce with the beautiful Princess Margaret.

Paris: The World Capital of Mode

Known internationally for being the fundamental location of the fashion industry, Paris plays host to numerous amounts of trend-setters and style-expertise, Karl Largerfeld and Louis Vuitton to name a few. Despite this conspicuous information, has it ever come into mind the comprehensive reasoning behind Paris’s perspective of being the chief venue for hosting the fascinating affair of mode? Possibly not, as I only came into realisation that the answers are thoroughly desired by the majority of style enthusiasts. Therefore I came to the palpable summation of providing you with this significant interpretation regarding Paris’s considerable association with high-end fashion.

Let us travel to the elegant Haute-Couture establishment of the 18th century, people finally had the tremendous allowance to stride across cities in perfectly fitted clothing as courtiers, alterationists, tailors, whatever your preference of name, began the formulation of assiduously exclusive hand-made clothing that would then be presented amongst the opulence of a runaway show to affluent trend-spotters yet not sold. Being a French form of language, “haute” translates to “high”, whereas “couture” translates to “dressmaking”. Further on in time, ‘haute-couture’ was a favourable term of pieces created in Paris, an example being Charles Frederick Worth, producing unique garments during the mid-19th century. ‘Haute Couture’ has since been a legally protected term of Paris to only be used towards pieces that meet an exact set of luxury standards. Worth was the first tailor to place his name on his own pieces, trying the garments out on beautiful models to have input from not only his creative self, but the differentiating public’s views deciding whether the garment was visually pleasant. Leading on, designers commenced to copy this idea thus building up the aspect of strong dictation in regard to clothing trends. 

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Considering the occurrence taking place in the exquisite city of Paris, designers assembled the view that ample success in clothing brands was only achievable when situated in the mod area. This basing in Paris came with the involvement of placing either an extravagant fashion house of their own or becoming part of an existing popular fashion house. Subsequently, Paris was the fashion capital, a location of the anchor of aspiring designers, a metropolis of fashion houses were built and fashion fanatics made their way through distant countries and sinuous oceans just to be involved in the nascent frenzy.

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Concentrating on designers, although most would expect the demand to be at its greatest for the beloved brand of Coco Chanel, Dior, still being in possession of its French origins, held 1st place in reference to popularity followed by the labels of Yves Saint Laurent as well as other pretentious clothing designers. These incredible fabricators aided in the implementation of holding Paris in its peak.

On the other hand, there comes many other acumen. One example is that of the golden triangle, a district between the monumental Avenue Marceau, the Champs-Elysée and the Avenue Montaigne. Being the prime spot of designer retailers, for instance: Kenzo, Chloe and Versace, this refined space only grants those with the inmost of purses to depart holding a purchase. Not only does the area involve the lavishness of extravagant clothing brands but annually has Haute Couture clothing shows amidst the months of January and July. In the intern, crowds of prominent top-models congregate attiring that of the greatest rarity of apparel upon their slender figures. These stunning catwalks require a boundless fee that only the most prosperous hold.

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With gratitude to the flourishing designers that compromised Paris’ chic allure, this city is the conclusive source of all fashion enthusiasts aspiring to become a significant affect in attires leadership. Consciously, I peer at those delicately placed macaroons behind the glass window coaxing the idea that it is just another form of fashion that Paris holds proving that every single feature of Paris is dictated by fashion. Although other primary cities will attempt to overrun that of the cities glamorous culture, fashion will always affect Paris’ amicable society and the way that society advances with their composure of life.