April 22, 2009

ThinkThru This Quote: A. A. Gill on Couture


People say print magazines are dying. But if they died right now, Elle and Vanity Fair would go out with a bang. When I received my May issue of Elle I was floured by the cover of Drew Barrymore splashing in the water like an angelic mermaid in Dolce & Gabbana. The editorial spread, shot by Alexi Hay and styled by Joe Zee, was just as impressive. I actually have the picture above pinned on my wall at work.Β 

Then yesterday, as I’m catching up on all my bookmarked blogs, I find Emily Blunt posing in my absolute favorite dress from Dior’s Spring Haute Couture collection. Michael Roberts photographed the Marie Antoinette-esque shots for aΒ Vanity Fair feature on couture. I don’t know which I like more, the stunning photographs or the inspiring quote below:

“Couture is a promise to the future from the past: There will be entrances and orchestras again, carriages and candelabra again, parties and seasons again. There will be glamour again. Throughout the history of civilization, doom, doldrums, depression, and disaster have descended to paint the town gray. But they will also recede, leaving little but a shudder. What is left, what abides, is beauty.”Β  -A. A. Gill in Vanity Fair May 2009.Β 

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