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.


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. 


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.


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.

The Life-Savers of Attire

We all own up to suffer from the reoccurring circumstance of the considerable aggravation of choosing an outfit daily. Whether it is casual or party attire, there never comes the convenience of efficiently combining items of clothing and accessories in one fell swoop to create a masterpiece of garments. Evidently, this process takes time. During attendance of social events, it is almost likely that every single attendant has had the majority of their preceding day being absorbed with the thoughts of “what to wear?” or even additionally the intractable thoughts of “should I risk the red lipstick” and “straight or curly hair?” Above all, there are always those classic fragments of subservient apparel that we can draw out to make the situation a little less arduous, meaning the attire that can go with the bulk of clothing, evidently needing no configuration to their consolidation with other drapery and embellishments.

The Black Jersey Skirt

To start with, we have the typical black jersey skirt; it provides an idiosyncratic yet sensual appeal to any top. Personally, I combine it with baggy sweaters however not so baggy that the skirt is hidden as you don’t want too much flesh on show. An advantage of this competent apparel is its ability to suit any character. For example those who feel a lack of sanguine regarding their figure are able to add matching black tights underneath without the beholding of obscurity. On the other hand, those who have a greater contribute of wearing miscellaneously costumed attire can adept to add the simplicity of patterned knee length socks that have the involvement of the top’s pre-eminent colours and/or arrangements. Focusing on my own wardrobe, I hold that of a black H and M Jersey skirt which cost me the tremendously meagre amount of £3.99 in store. Once owned I have come to the applicable realisation of the idea that it has a wide width of elastication therefore feels remarkably comfortable yet still has the protracted aspect of durability. Considering those of us who have the dearth of this beneficial attire, there is always the continuation of a dainty black skater skirt which makes a satisfying reinstatement.

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H and M Black Jersey Skirt

The Denim Jacket

Unequivocally, no one can raise the proclamation of denim jackets having ever been out of fashion amid this century so far. In my opinion, its sense of appliance is an immense donor to this on-going apparel. Invariably, the denim jacket has been a tremendous life-saver when needing to add prosperity to any kind of dress. Somehow the typical blue denim profitably trials with any colour or pattern therefore is the head attire to locate when one is in need of a canvas to administer security nevertheless still have the custom of an exquisite gown. Even though this universal outwear successfully progresses essentially with every outfit, I believe that the most affective colour to wear the twill textile amongst is that of the tedious black. For instance, I find having the sluggish under layer comes across as eerie however when overlay with a flash of brittle denim implements texture accordingly causing the set to be positively emphasised.

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Rag and Bone Jean Jacket

The Denim Shorts 

Once again, denim is the recipient of vast gratification by its quality material that is extremely resilient apart from the fact that it causes intense irritation towards skin when in the negligible contact with liquid. With reference to the abbreviated denim short, I adore placing this terse apparel with that of the serene over throw of a boyfriend shirt, only with the single precaution that the shirt must be resolutely tucked in to the frontal area of the tenacious bottoms. Doing so conveys a dimensional component to any pairing in addition to yielding thoughts of thorough content to yourself and others as it materialises as quite a casual response. Further on, denim shorts had the competence of being adapted depending the state of atmosphere, such as: winter (over lay some broad tights with the insulation of a pair of robust denim shorts) or autumn (knee length socks can be worn just below some coloured denim shorts to provide a moderate warmth). As of myself, I own a reasonably priced pair of contemporary Levi turn up shorts in faded blue. Due to experience, I intensively recommend Levi Strauss and Co’s denim apparel, firstly as a result of the convenience of the denim’s abiding quality signifying its feature of not shrinking after several washes unlike alternative denim attire and secondly, the shorts being high waisted has that absolute bohemian essence which has been the essential aspiration of trends this preceding season.

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Levi’s 501 Denim Shorts


Dominantly worn by the chilled individual of Marty Mcfly in the favourable 1985 film ‘Back to the Future’ converse have been the during high-school prerequisite since they were notably discharged in the distant year of 1917 anticipated to be worn midst basketball games. As a relief, Converse have the definite capability of being able to reconcile with any form of clothing whatsoever as long as the colour/print matches. Converse are the principle direction to go when in the troublesome corpus of a shoe dilemma. Subjectively, I believe that the nostalgic sneakers greatest pairing is alongside that of compact skinny jeans and a childish crop top (preferably including a band logo/name). This induces a naive but still youthful outlook by virtue of the bands statement transmitting character to the wearer as well as the skinny jeans that bring an expectable outline to any person’s instinctive figure.

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Kurt Geiger Grey Tie-Dye Converse

The Striped Top

Considering the up-roar in the copacetic hipster trend, denim dungarees have surmounted in demand considerably. As a route of priority, dungarees have most popularly been worn with the sailor trait of a striped top, providing a spark of pattern to the plain denim dungaree itself. Additionally, he occasional principle of a striped top has the unique essence of looking acceptable when spontaneously being paired with that of a floral skirt. The utmost of fashion enthusiasts would assail this obscure suggestion withal when visualized in reality; the couple emerge to give out an adequate look deemed appropriate as attire for an estival climate accordingly a tremendously satisfying set for temperate holidays. American Apparel gravitate in this field of garments, offering a gargantuan spectrum of striped imprinted vestments manufactured for both adults, adolescents and infants in the structures of billowing t-shirts to tenacious web belts.

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American Apparel Striped Baby Rib Crop Top

The Chronograph Watch

Corresponding to the colossal promotion of striped t-shirts, the chronograph watch has been identified upon the facades of celebrities’ wrists including: Kristin Cavallari, Nicole Scherzinger and Lea Michele. Not forgetting that of the opulent designer Michael Kors outstandingly impressive watch range including that of the oblique Chronograph watch. In contempt of designers, Rolex is at the pronounced peak being at the largest level of expense, such as the genuine Rolex Day Date costing an extravagant £19,995. Although, there is still an inevitability of hope as resignation to high-street retailers producing replicas that may not bring as exceptional an aura as that of a Rolex chronograph watch but still execute the job of looking astute. A predicament being Topshop whom handle a variety of watch styles from less costly brands distinguished as David Wellington, Casio and an abounding extent of substitutes.

Michael Kors Bradshaw Chronograph Steel Watch

All of these conferred specific forms of apparel have saved the feasible scrutiny of venturing out in a macabre set of clothing on several occasions regarding myself. Entirely every piece analysed in this post tends to be that of a current tendency to the fashion industry. As a result my predicament for the following years will be that this list alternates depending on the seasons prevailing development yet I still believe that sometime in the remote future, these trends will enter once anew then reoccur, the procedure is obvious. Due to this consciousness, my convinced summary for this post is to never remote your clothing and to invariably cache every garment as no one can predict the imminent trends apart from that of the present day.

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.


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.

How High is your Metronome on Monochrome?

Each time I shop, whether its or the Topshop in my city centre, there’s always a voice trying to convince my ostentatious side to make an appearance but that never occurs because I always end up purchasing the same four colours: black, blue, white and grey. But who can’t go wrong with a bit of monochrome? It is the queen of all colour matches as you should know that white goes with everything and black goes with everything, so what could go wrong?

Despite having the decreased risk of an erroneous pairing, monochrome can tend to bore as at some times the match can be very dull and have a primitive reality. In my opinion, it should be worn in proportion with colourful clothing similar to eating chocolate but balancing it out by eating vegetables in addition. Even though I think this, when choosing between a magenta filled floral tunic dress and a plain abalone tunic dress, I just can’t resist grabbing the more comfortable, easy-to-pair and reassuring piece. Yes, you should be able to feel sanguine in the style you undertake but we need to embrace our figure instead of concealing it in a blanket-like shallow gown. Maybe we should all attempt to wear clothes that usually would be pushed forward on the rail. Because, if not these items will remain as a deliberate avoidance forever.

To end, I would like to present to you two of my favourite clothing items that are purely of course grey, black and white:

Number 1 is a Ribbon acid-wash grey sweater that gives me a feeling of protection as it is 3 sizes bigger than my actual size, I just love the extent of over sized sweaters because they hide my  insecurities resulting in a swift transportation of myself without the apprehension that I look likewise to an elephant.

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Secondly, is an H and M white cable knit jumper costing £19.99 which I agree to the fact that it is a substantial bargain when compared to the equally protracted length of wear that £60 Jack Will’s cable knits implement. Furthermore, white never fails to look pertinent with any form or colour of bottoms which makes the combinations involving this knit appear materialize at an endless rate.


Although relieving dyes bring an infinite ballot of long-term benefits (confidence, reliability and economical pleasantry), there are still ceaseless pieces that speculate endorsing characteristics such as contentment and  spontaneity of which include no sign of black or white. Motivation of the people who attire to these items of clothing still leaves my mind roving every day.