Currently reading : Aubrey Beardsley passed away 116 years ago
Yesterday would have marked 116 years since the passing of the decadently influential Victorian illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. To celebrate his life I’ve found these fashion images created for LIFE magazine where backdrops of Beardsley iconic illustrations were used for a fashion shoot in 1967 in regards to the then current exhibition at the V&A museum dedicated to his work. Working with the illustrators the model has been turned into a monotone dream resembling Beardsley’s surreal and erotic characters. The exaggeration that Beardsley often applied to his character never resembled the then current fashions during the turn of the century and the parallel between the 1960s futuristic aesthetic against the intricacy of Beardsley’s drawing sets a gorgeous comparison.
Images scanned by Sweet Jane from LIFE magazine February 1967, Photographer: Greene-Eula, Aubrey Beardsley V&A 1966 exhibition promotional material also from private collection, additional Aubrey Beardsley illustration scans from the Best Works of Aubrey Beardsley published by Dover.