Beautiful Lives: Peter Philips

Keeping It Reel
"In Antwerp in the early eighties, there was no Internet. You had to look around hard to find a Vogue or an Elle or an i-D," Philips says. Old movies, on the other hand, there were plenty of. "It's a cliché, but I've always been inspired by black-and-white films and the iconic actresses—like Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Sophia Loren. They created the original fantasy for me."

Sophia Loren in Cannes, 1955.

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