Jennifer Lawrence for Vanity Fair by Patrick Demarchelier, March 2015.
Vanity Fair's March issue will feature a stunning homage to one of Richard Avedon’s most iconic images thanks to a recreation by Patrick Demarchelier and the always game Jennifer Lawrence. Like pretty much everyone else on this planet, I am a Jennifer Lawrence fan. She’s talented, fun, sexy and stylish with substance. The starlet has enjoyed quite a few crowning moments, she’s the second youngest person to be awarded an Oscar for best actress, she played bow slinging Katniss Everdeen in the critically acclaimed Hunger Games Series and she’s held the undisputable place as America’s Sweetheart since she tripped over her Dior Haute Couture gown on her way up to accept an Oscar for her role in Silver Lining’s Playbook. She’s a decidedly modern starlet, so maybe vintage doesn’t leap to mind when thinking of the 24-year-old actress save for the stunning vintage Dior gown she wore to the MET Ball in 2013 and her immaculate performance as Rosalyn in the 1970s based drama American Hustle. It’s now safe to say, when Lawrence does vintage, she does it well.
According to Vanity Fair the shoot took place at Demarchelier’s home in the Hollywood Hills in July. Recreating one the most famous photography nudes with a starlet who just a month later found herself at the center of a very unfortunate hacking violation involving nude photos is nothing short of clairvoyant on Demarchelier’s part. Irony aside, Lawrence owned the moment. Just like Nastassja Kinski And The Serpent shot on June, 14, 1981, Lawrence lounges with a Colombian red tailed boa constrictor draped around her naked form. Like Lawrence, Kinski worked as an actress as well as a model. While the German-born model looked soft and feminine in the original, Lawrence appears strong and powerful in her homage. While Kinski lays docile, Lawrence leans upright staring directly at the lens with a piercing gaze. Showing us yet another way that vintage aesthetics can be reinterpreted to appear more modern, impactful and innovative rooted in a foundation of great art that came before.
Natassja Kinski & the Serpent by Richard Avedon, June 14 1981.