PRINT March 1997


Fashion Plates

Martin Harrison, Lisa Fonssagrives: Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography, ed. David Seidner (New York: Vendome Press, 1996), 152 pages, 118 illustrations.

Juergen Teller, ed. and designed by Cornel Windlin (Cologne: Taschen, 1996), 216 pages, 200 illustrations.

Fashion: Photography of the Nineties, ed. Camilla Nickerson and Neville Wakefield (Zurich: Scalo, 1996), 240 pages, 198 illustrations.

LISA FONSSAGRIVES HAD amazing bones. Trained as a dancer, she knew how to move. She was the first model to earn a place on the cover of Time when that still meant something. To describe what a model and a photographer do, she preferred “sitting” to “shooting” but her favorite word for this collaboration was “séance”—a tonally perfect description of the clothes (Dior, Balenciaga, Rochas), the model (Fonssagrives) in them, and the hypnotic, lush austerity of the photographs by her husband (Irving

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