Photographed by Franco Rubartelli, Vogue, May 1968.
Next month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will unveil its latest Costume Institute exhibition: “Manus x Machina,” an exploration of fashion in the age of technology. The striking selection of garments on display, where hand-finished featherwork lives alongside 3-D printed mesh, called to mind another mash-up between old and new: that of 1960s designers and their far-out vision of futuristic beauty. Paging through the Vogue archives, we uncovered all manner of playful photographs inspired by the visionary work of André Courrèges and Paco Rabanne, who helped define the decade’s retro-futurist mood.
There’s a model perched on a stool in a prim pencil skirt, her head entirely ensconced by a zany blow-dryer—more vacuum than hair care, really—or Lauren Hutton, shot by Irving Penn, with a sparkling diamanté hood that offsets a flick of lilac shadow. Elsewhere, ’60s icon Veruschka appears like a sci-fi dream with sculptural blonde strands crisscrossed around her neck and forehead, while the crystals dotting her lashes match those hovering about her face, encased in clear acrylic. Still other predictions seemed almost prophetic: Take the troupe of girls with graphic rainbow bobs and metallic crop tops, whose tongue-in-cheek style conveys the same high-impact appeal that resonates today in street style photographs.
Photographed by Louis Faurer, Vogue, February 1963.
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, October 1965.
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, December 1968.
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, 1969.
Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, December 1964.
Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, May 1969.
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, December 1965.
Photographed by Franco Rubartelli, Vogue, June 1968.
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, November 1964.
Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, August 1965.