7 posts tagged "Guy Bourdin"
The Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art gave the topic of models and muses a gala spin on Monday night. Now, the Wapping Project is getting into the act: The show Unseen Guy Bourdin arrives at the East London arts center this weekend, and its opening Saturday night will be hosted by none other than Bourdin muse Nicolle Meyer. Star of many of the photographer’s most iconic images, including 30 of his game-changing ads for Charles Jourdan, Meyer is a less immediately identifiable muse than some. As often as not, Bourdin kept Meyer’s face obscured, hiding it under props, snapping it from some bizarre angle, cropping it out of shots entirely. Their work together is an inventory of dislocated body parts. But in the years since Bourdin’s death, in 1991, Meyer has come to the fore, emerging as one of the key caretakers of the Bourdin legacy. She compiled the images in the two-volume book, Guy Bourdin: A Message for You (Steidl, 2006), for example, and here, she talks to Style.com about life behind the scenes of the surreal.
How did you meet Guy Bourdin?
It was a very normal thing—I was a model on a go-see. I had just started modeling and I only had a couple of tear sheets, and not having come from a fashion background at all—I was a dancer—I had no sense of his notoriety. That week, he booked me on a job for French Vogue. I was terribly excited, of course, to have this first Vogue opportunity, and then when we took the photos, I mean, they were odd. My head was missing, or it was just my leg. Nothing I could use for my modeling book, in other words.