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Sartorially Inclined


It’s a match made in fashion heaven! One of my very favorite blogs, The Sartorialist, has written a lovely post about one of my very favorite books—Elegance: The Seeberger Brothers and the Birth of Fashion Photography. This was one of the first fashion books I ever worked on and, as such, it has a special place in my heart. I think that the Sartorialist really nails it when he talks about the timeless spirit of these images. The clothes and the locales that the Seebergers shot in France in the first part of the 20th century were very much of another, now vanished, world, but the zest for living—and dressing!—that they convey still feels fresh and relevant today. The images really do make great inspiration pieces for anyone who’s interested in style. And the fact that the site’s legions of commenters are now voicing their agreement with that sentiment, and that many of them are also saying they want to own the book—well, that is just sweet music to an editor’s ears.
I’ll wrap up here with a couple of images from the book for you to enjoy:

So pouty! So chic!

One of those astonishing things that you cannot believe someone is pulling off, but somehow they are. I mean, not only is she wearing matching floral print shorts and puffed-sleeve jacket—which alone would be quite a feat—but that little bow on her head! And then her “Yes, I am wearing a garish floral ensemble and a small bow on my head, you want to make something of it?” gaze!

Bridget Watson Payne
Assistant Editor, Art + Design

Bridget Watson Payne

Senior Editor, Art Publishing. You can follow her at @WatsonPayne and read about her latest projects at

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