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By Andrea Derujinsky
220 pages, hardbound, $80
Published by Flammarion
Distributed by Rizzoli New York
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No less than fashion luminary and founder of the Ford Modeling Agency Eileen Ford penned the foreword to this first monograph celebrating the career of fashion photographer Gleb Derujinsky (1925–2011). And what a career it was! Derujinsky’s photographs graced the pages of lifestyle magazines from 1950 to 1970. Imagine a fashion world before the invention of supermodels, when Cristóbal Balenciaga and Pierre Balmain were still creating haute couture and the names Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld were just emerging as being synonymous with high fashion. It was a time when air travel was still seen as glamorous and unobtainable for the masses—yet Derujinsky convinced his editors to send him around the world. Using the streets and architecture of Paris and New York as a dynamic backdrop, Derujinsky had his models climb ladders so he could pose them against city skylines and rough brick walls; often, he would also place them in familiar settings of cafés and nature, turning a glamorously coiffed and gowned woman into a surreal element. Considering the unpredictable conditions in which he worked, these gorgeous photographs are even more astonishing. His career was forged at Harper’s Bazaar—a publication that brought together the dream team of editor-in-chief Carmel Snow, fashion editor Diana Vreeland and art director Alexey Brodovitch. Derujinsky not only married four models, but he also married the world of fashion to the world of photography to create compelling stories that helped elevate fashion into an art form. —Anne Telford

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