The scene boys of NYC who brought you Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco and The Stephen Sprouse Book, Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha (Mao PR), are back at it again, educating and enlightening all you queens on the history of style. Their latest homage GLOSS: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim, highlights the fashion photog’s images that documented the glamour and excess of the 70’s. Unlike most photographers, Wangenheim veered away from one distinctive style. His snaps for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Interview Magazine were as fragmented and rebellious as the subjects/friends he captured. You can still catch his influence in Tom Ford’s work at Gucci, to Alexander Wang’s Spring 2014 campaign, shot by Steven Klein (who also did the Foreword for GLOSS).
“Growing up, Roger and I would go through the pages of Vogue magazine…it was Vogue after Diana Vreeland and before Anna Wintour, so the images were very tame, very catalog-ish; but then, all of a sudden we would get to a page that would startle us, and it was always a Chris von Wangenheim photo,” says Mauricio. “He would shoot models being bitten by dogs, female models wrestling men in tuxedos, and Grace Jones wearing a ponytail while the rest of her head was shaved, straddling a leopard. We became obsessed with his photos.”
Gloss: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim is due out officially on September 15 (pre-order Amazon), but you can get a signed copy at Bookmarc, 400 Bleecker St in NYC on September 10 and Bookmarc Paris,17 Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, on October 3.