The film My Week with Marilyn opens in just a couple of days, and being a combination fan for old Hollywood scandals and Michelle Williams anything, I have been trolling websites looking for comparison photos — does Michelle Williams really nail the look? I relied on my favourite Cecil Beaton photo of Marilyn to start the comparison. I think the vulnerability is definitely captured in both the real and faux Marilyn photos.
And with my experiment comes a renewed interested in black and white fashion photography, especially from the 1950s and '60s. Did you know The New Yorker magazine sells black and white photography? I went searching for Cecil Beaton prints and found lots of stuff I could hang, on both the Condé Nast Store site and Allposters.com. Take a look at what I found:
And imagine them filling one wall, as in this dining room by designer Christine Ralphs. The repetition of black and white and subject matter makes this a really strong art wall.
For more on creating a gallery wall, read Gwen McAuley's blog post.
1a. We Heart Vintage blog
1b. Joblo.com, courtesy of The Weinstein Company
2a. Photo by Cecil Beaton, Condé Nast Store
2b. Photo by John French, Allposters.com
3. Photo by Leombruno-Bodi, Condé Nast Store
4a. Photo by Jacques Boucher, Condé Nast Store
4b. Photo by Georges Dambier, Allposters.com
5. House & Home February 2005 issue, photography by James Tse