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Celebrating Bert Stern

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Bert Stern photographing Suzy Parker, New York City, 1955.

Bertram "Bert" Stern was self taught and we are every so grateful for whatever spark prompted his love of photography. He made his name doing work for various companies and magazines through the fifties but it was his photographs of Marilyn Monroe during the summer of 1962 that made him a force to be reckoned with. He worked with some of the most famous and beautiful women in the world and produced on average 100 fashion images a year. Women move, grin and seduce within his frames. Bert passed away in 2013 but he left behind a legacy of some of the most beautiful photos the world has ever seen.

 

(L) 1966. (R) 1967.

 

1969.

 

(L) Benedetta Barzini, Look magazine, 1963. (R) Astrid Heeren, 1963.

 

Baroness Thyssen, British Vogue, 1964.

 

Audrey Hepburn (wearing Givenchy) and Mel Ferrer, 'The Givenchy Idea', Vogue, 1963.

 

Audrey Herpburn (wearing Givenchy), 'The Givenchy Idea', Vogue, 1963.

 

Audrey Hepburn (wearing Givenchy), 'The Givenchy Idea', Vogue, 1963.

 

(L) Benedetta Barzini in a brilliant colored silk shawl by Mr. John, Vogue, 1965. (R) Benedetta Barzini in a purple-green plaid high waisted dress with short matching jacket by Fabiani for Feder, Vogue 1967.

 

The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud, a scene from the play by Robert Wilson, Vogue, August 1970.

 

(L) Carol Channing, in the role of Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! Vogue, March 1964. (R) Dionne Warwick, 1968.

 

(L) Betsy Pickering, Vogue, 1971. (R) Deborah Dixon, Vogue, 1962.

 

Vogue, July 1962.

 

(L) Close-up of model in profile, wearing white foundation makeup, green upside-down false eyelashes, and purple and green eye shadow, mauve lipstick (all applied by Revlon’s Stan Lawrence) and multicolored snakeskin hood by Adolfo, Vogue, November 1965. (R) Deborah Dixon with Necklace, 1960.

 

(L) Drew Barrymore, 1994. (R) Fashion for D'Orsay, Vogue, 1970.

 

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1970.

 

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, 1970.

 

(L) Goldie Hawn. (R) Goldworm Dress, Vogue, March 1967.

 

Elizabeth Taylor, 1962.

 

(L) Jean Shrimpton, 1960. (R) Liza Minnelli, 1968.

 

Monique Chevalier and Kenneth, Vogue, April 1962.

 

(L) Marina Schiano, Vogue, 1968. (R) Marisa Berenson, 1965.

 

(L) Model is drinking a Château Lafite-Rothschild wine from “If I Had a Million”, Vogue, April 1962. (R) Moyra Swan in Givenchy, 1969.

 

(L) Twiggy, 1967. (R) Tilly Tizzani, Vogue, March 1963.

 

Naomi Campbell, British Vogue, 1992.

 

Veruschka, 1970.

 

(L) Natalie Wood, Vogue, 1964. (R) Sophia Loren, Vogue, November 1962.

 

(L) Vogue Brigitte Bauer as Summer, Vogue, 1965. (R) Benedetta Barzini, Vogue, 1965.

 

(L) Twiggy in Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue, March 1967. (R) Twiggy, Vogue, 1962.

 

(L) Twiggy for Sangeran, 1970. (R) Twiggy, 1967.

 

Twiggy, 1967.

 

(L) Veruschka and David Bailey, her co-star in Blow Up, 1961. (R) Veruschka in a brown and white chiffon over a slip of silk crepe by Chuck Howard of Townley, Vogue US, 1966.

 

Veruschka Von Lehndorff, Tilly Tizzani and Rex Harrison, Vogue, 1961.

 

(L) Vogue, 1971. (R) Wilhelmina in a violet vinyl coat by Modelia and hat by Adolfo, 1965.

 

(L) Celia Hammond & Emilyn Williams, Vogue, July 1963. (R) Veruschka & Glenway Wescott, Vogue, July 1963.

 

(L) Vogue, August 1963. (R) Vogue, June 1969.

 

And what Bert Stern complilation would be complete without a selection from 'The Last Sitting' with Marilyn Monroe from 1962, taken during several session at the Hotel Bel-Air. The photos are arguably the most famous images ever captured of Monroe as her death followed six weeks after...

 

The photos endure partly as artifacts—as the last visible evidence of the living woman (a legacy reinforced by Stern’s decision to publish the contact sheets Monroe herself had crossed out in red marker).

 

 

"She was beautiful and untouched, it was as though she were just beginning." -Bert Stern, about Marilyn during the Last Sitting

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