Barbie Takes on Lisa Fonssagrives

New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week. In this week's lesson, black Barbie takes on model Lisa Fonssagrives.
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New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week. In this week's lesson, black Barbie takes on model Lisa Fonssagrives.

New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week.

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To showcase swimsuit styles of the season, German-born photographer Horst P. Horst enlisted model Lisa Fonssagrives to crouch, conform and contort her body into letters that spelled out the word “Vogue” for the magazine's June 1, 1940 issue. Perhaps taking a cue from the aerial-style imagery of synchronized swimmers choreographed into configuration, Fonssagrives appears in multiples as though she were a team of swimmers.

Celebrating the year anniversary of the magazine’s first all-black issue in tandem with Barbie’s 50th anniversary, Vogue Italia would provide an all-black supplement to the July 2009 issue, swapping out black models for black Barbies. The issue featured editorials starring Barbie dolls, styled and positioned as real-life models, reflecting fashion’s long history of utilizing dolls to present miniature-sized garments to potential clients.

Lisa Fonssagrives by Horst P. Horst, Vogue June 1, 1940

Lisa Fonssagrives by Horst P. Horst, Vogue June 1, 1940

Lisa Fonssagrives by Horst P. Horst, Vogue June 1, 1940

Lisa Fonssagrives by Horst P. Horst, Vogue June 1, 1940