Style Icons & Wine

Style Icons & Wine

Written by Joss Sackler

From Karl Lagerfeld to Peter Lindbergh, several photographers have shot their muses enjoying a glass of wine.

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KARL LAGERFELD
FOR HOGAN AUTUMN/WINTER 2011

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What do Icons have in common?

Linda Evangelista, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Priscilla Presley, Sofia Loren, January Jones, Claudia Schiffer, Audrey Hepburn, Ann-Margret, Marisa Berenson, Elsa Peretti, Elizabeth Taylor, ONLY to name a few, have all been muses of wine photography. The concept of women and wine has been a thematic focus throughout the years for legendary photographers such as Bert Stern, Peter Lindbergh, Karl Lagerfeld, and Irving Penn.

 

Peter Lindbergh, the iconic fashion photographer who passed away at age 74, captured many images of women and wine. From Eva Herzigova, Charlotte Rampling, Marie Sophie Wilson and Mila Jovovich, Lindbergh captured the quiet seduction of the female presence alongside a glass of wine on film. So why is it that photographers like to capture women drinking wine? Is it an attempt to campaign the 'girls just wanna have fun' image? The answer may be more complex.

 

We all know that we behave and carry ourselves a bit differently after a glass of wine or two. The genius behind the iconic photographers who chronicled some of history's most coveted women was to document the journey of drinking a glass, or more, of enjoyable wine.

 

Photographer Marcos Alberti recounted a saying about wine by stating, "It's something like this: The first glass of wine is all about the food, the second glass is about love and the third glass is about mayhem."

 

Photos, top row, left to right: Nicole Kidman - Mark Seliger; Claudia Schiffer - Ellen von Unwerth for Guess; Brigitte Bardot - La Bride sur le Cou, 1961, dir, Jean Aurel Jack Dunn
Bottom row, left to right: Marilyn Monroe - 1952 press conference for Out of This World baseball game; Model with glass - Bert Stern for Vogue 1962; Sophia Loren - via Pinterest

 

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Photo: Bert Stern

The Last Sitting
1962

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The Last Sitting

The. Last. Sitting. Bert Stern took the last photos of Marilyn Monroe only 6 weeks before her tragic death. The shoot had been commissioned by Vogue Magazine. Stern eventually compiled his images of the shoot, titled, The Last Sitting. As legend says, the shoot began with a case of 1953 Dom Perignon. So how did this go from a Vogue fashion shoot to a nude shoot? At one point during the shoot, Bert instructed all staff to exit the set, leaving him and Marilyn alone. After asking what she should wear, Bert suggested that Marilyn simply wrap herself in the bed sheet.

 

AN EXCERPT FROM BERT’S BOOK DESCRIBES:

"Just a second," I said to Marilyn. I went to the door and opened it.

 

"Kenneth, could you come in here for a minute?"

 

"Sure, Bert," he said. He came in. Marilyn was lying on the bed with the sheet pulled up to her chin.

 

I said, "Could you fix her hair a little bit?"

 

"Yes, of course," he said, and he brushed her hair out with that magic touch.

 

"Okay," he said, straightening up. She really did look much better.

 

"Thanks a lot," I said.

 

I walked him to the door. As he left he turned and asked, "Do you need anything?"

 

"Well...we could use some more champagne," I said.

 

He went out and handed a fresh bottle through the door.

 

"Okay, thanks very much," I said. And I closed the door again.

 

I heard a giggle behind me. I turned, Nikon in hand.

 

Now she was really ready. She felt pretty again.

 

I filled her champagne glass beside the bed and stepped back to watch her through the camera.

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Our Most Beloved Wine Icons

 

Photos: Woman with glass in front of face, by Wingate Paine; Ann-Margret from the 1965 film Bus Riley’s back in town directed by Harvey Hart; Sophia Loren pouring champagne, 1963 Glove Photo Agency from the magazine Artspace’s most iconic music photos; Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller at the Signoret in Montand’s hotel room during the filming of ‘Let’s Make Love’, 1960; Blonde smoking with wine by Peter Lindbergh; Lady in chair with wine via Pinterest; One shoulder dress photo by Vinnie Zuffante for Vogue France; Audrey Hepburn from the set of Love in the Afternoon by Billy Wilder 1957; Purple turban by Slim Aarons; Elizabeth Taylor by Stanley Sherman; Jacqueline Bisset on the set of the movie Bullitt directed by Peter Yates 1968; Brigitte Bardot on the set of the movie Vie Privee directed by Louis Malle in 1962; Keystone Features/Getty Images

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