Thursday, 20 August 2009

Jean Cocteau

These images are from the book 'JEAN COCTEAU: The Mirror and the Mask'. A Photo-biography.
A man at ease in front of a camera, he collaborated with many iconic and inspirational creatives in Paris until his death in 1963. His style and sensibility are wonderfully charismatic, quirky and playful yet he truly embraced traditional masculine attire. He was rarely photographed without a necktie it seems and that added element (even to a denim workwear suit) adds something quite unique to his look and visual personality. The blend and mix of pattern-on-pattern in Irving Penn's portrait taken in 1949, depicts a beautiful combination of clothing, yet also of irony and humour from Cocteau's expression and pose.

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