60 x 60cm.
Mixed media on board.

In 1966, Vogue magazine celebrated its golden anniversary. At the height of the swinging sixties, London was the centre of the creative world, across a multitude of industries. Therefore the natural choice to shoot the cover of a special 50th Anniversary issue was an English fashion and portrait photographer, born in the post-war East End - David Bailey - who owes much of his subsequent success to the then Vogue Art Director John Parsons.

His cover model was ‘it girl’ Donna Mitchell, who would also feature within the issue, photographed by American David Montgomery - best known for his iconic photograph of Jimi Hendrix.

VOGUE50 also includes the work of Brian Duffy (who alongside Bailey, defined the sixties, with notable images of Michael Caine, Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, and most famously the shoot which resulted in David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane cover visage), William Klein’s shot of Audrey Hepburn, and Art Kane.

“All I could do at school was paint and draw and that was the only time I ever passed any exam. It was the only thing I ever got right at school.”

2016 - Vogue celebrated its centenary.

All artwork and images © James Straffon 2018.

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