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Natalia Plays Dress-Up

Vogue has done an amazing spread where Natalia Vodianova has been styled to look like some of the greatest fashion models . She has done a spectacular job and I had to share! I can't wait for the actual issue. I also find it utterly fascinating that the designers used in this spread are all current ones. If you ever doubt the value and influence that vintage has upon current fashions then this spread will take that away completely.

I have lifted most of this verbatim from Style.com so all credit for writing is pretty much there's from this point in. Enjoy!!
Left: Née Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort, the expressive East Prussian model, actress, and art-world darling had a certain mystique that captured the attention of Salvador Dalí, Peter Beard, and Richard Avedon, who proclaimed she was "the most beautiful woman in the world.…Being beautiful in her way demands something, and you must extend yourself to meet the challenge or know that a kind of splendor is lost to you forever." Chanel Haute Couture alabaster sequined pants and paper floral headpiece.

Jean Shrimpton
Right: After meeting on a set for a cornflakes advertisement, "the Shrimp" and photographer David Bailey proceeded to have a years-long love affair that led to a broken engagement. "She was my total muse—I didn't want to look at another model," he said. At 22, she caused a stir (and ignited the Mod mini craze) at the 1965 Melbourne Cup by turning up in a microdress with bare legs, an act London's Evening News & Star defended: "Surrounded by sober draped silks and floral nylons, ghastly tulle hats and fur stoles, she was like a petunia in an onion patch." Burberry London trench coat. Jimmy Choo heels.

Marisa Berenson
Left: The American-born, European-bred '70s It girl was known as "the Queen of the Scene" for her presence at the world's chicest happenings and hot spots. She parlayed modeling into a stellar acting career, starring in Death in Venice (1971), Cabaret (1972), and Barry Lyndon

Suzy Parker
Right: Still in her teens, the model, born Cecilia Ann Renee Parker, landed several magazine covers, including Vogue and LIFE. Her beautiful red hair and superb bone structure caught the eye of Coco Chanel (Parker became the brand's signature face), Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, John Rawlings, and Richard Avedon. "The only joy I ever got out of modeling," she once said, "was working with Dick Avedon." Marchesa floral embroidered satin-faced organza gown. Suzanne Couture Millinery hat. Fred Leighton necklace. Verdura ring. (1975). Diane von Furstenberg canvas dress. Patricia Underwood hat. Louis Vuitton necklace and leopard-print bangles. R. J. Graziano bangles. Suzi Roher belt.

Penelope Tree
Left: First photographed at the age of thirteen by Diane Arbus, "the Tree" went on to become, by way of Cecil Beaton and boyfriend David Bailey (who called her "an Egyptian Jiminy Cricket"), an icon of the swinging sixties. Asked to describe the unabashed original in three words, John Lennon replied, "Hot, hot, hot; smart, smart, smart." Chanel knit coat with Mongolian lamb-fur trim, brooch (on hat), and over-the-knee boots. Kokin hat. Munnu/The Gem Palace bracelets and rings.

Right: At sixteen, Lesley Hornby was declared "the face of '66" by the U.K.'s Daily Express. With eyes like saucers, long lashes, and an impossibly slender figure, the Cockney pixie catapulted to the molten center of the cultural Zeitgeist. Diana Vreeland, then Vogue's editor in chief, called her perfection: "This strange, macabre little bit, like a waif, came to see me in New York with hair like cornsilk, the most wonderful skin and bones." Jean Paul Gaultier silver-chain mesh minidress. House of Lavande ball earrings. Falke fishnets.

Lauren Hutton
When the South Carolina-born beauty moved to New York in 1966, she was turned down by every agency except Ford. "Incredibly Eileen said she'd take me on, providing I had my nose fixed and my teeth capped," she recalled to Vogue in 1973. "I promised I would, once I had the money, but inside I was figuring it would take me a long, long time to get around to it—if ever." Loro Piana cashmere sweater. Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers shirt. Gap khakis. Hermès hat and watch. Dolce & Gabbana loafers.

Jean Patchett
Left: When the model died at age 75, her New York Times obituary read, "In a photograph in profile by Erwin Blumenfeld for the famous Jan. 1, 1950, cover of Vogue, Ms. Patchett's immaculate red mouth, penciled left eye, and natural beauty mark became shorthand for an entire decade." A favorite of photographers Louise Dahl-Wolfe and John Rawlings, she had the strongest relationship with Irving Penn, who called her "a young American goddess in Paris couture." Dior gray wool jacket, skirt, and belt. Ellen Christine Millinery hat. Balenciaga brooch. Louis Vuitton gloves. Hermès bag. Stuart Weitzman slingbacks.

Right: One day, Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba was standing on a New York City sidewalk when she was discovered by a Vogue editor; the next, she was being photographed by Irving Penn. Born in 1927, the half-Irish, half-Polish model (who took her nickname from an imaginary childhood friend) developed an enduring artistic relationship with Richard Avedon: "We became like mental Siamese twins, with me knowing what he wanted before he explained it." Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière gray viscose jersey strapless dress, crystal earrings, and elbow-length gloves. House of Lavande choker. Manolo Blahnik pumps.

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