DVF, Vera Wang and Prabal Gurung’s
Favorite New York Times Images
Seasoned fashion pros know the value of a perfectly timed photo op. (See: Billy Farrell Agency and Patrick McMullan’s nightly uploads.) So it was an apt choice to bring together designers such Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen and Milly’s Michelle Smith to curate 10 photographs each from the New York Times photo archives. Called the Fifty Photographs collection, the selected images are available for purchase through The New York Times online store. Prices start from $169 for an unframed, exhibition-quality 11″ x 14″ print of DVF’s hand-picked “Dancer in White” or the black and white photo from 1948 that Wang selected captured at a “Modeling School.” Larger sizes are available and each photo is available either framed or unframed.
With shots dating back to the 1800s, it’s a treasure trove of electric moments. So much so, that it seems each designer smartly stayed within theme to focus their searches. DVF stayed mostly within dance and iconic NYC architectural themes. Along with “Dancer in White,” she also selected a beautiful action dance shot in blue taken at the Joyce Theater, an aerial shot of the Chrysler Building and the slim profile of the Flatiron building.
Wang tended towards fashion’s more cultural moments. Such as the repetitive imagery of a squadron of headless mannequins, the masked mystery of a runway model to a modern-day closing of a runway show.
All photos courtesy of Fifty Photographs Collection, The New York Times
For Prabal Gurung, his interest lay in nature and the skies. There’s an otherworldly glow in a July 4th celebration, Van Gogh-like colors in an evening sky shot and the majestic view of the Alps from the vantage of point of a bird of prey.
Meanwhile, New York-native Zac Posen preferred to train his lens out of the city and on space-age worthy images both literal and unexpected. The violet color of the Eagle Nebula taken from the Hubble Space telescope is intense, as is the reddish oil slick on the Gulf of Mexico.
And finally, Michelle Smith of Milly had more diverse fare, although with an underlining culture angle. Elvis Presley is all hearthrob in a black and white shot and there’s more current picks too such as a Chinatown wall tagged with graffiti or a rainbow scene on Fifth Avenue.
All images courtesy of Fifty Photographs Collection, The New York Times
By: Bee-Shyuan Chang