Painted Elephants

French photographer Charles Fréger captures the beautiful costumed elephants at the elephant festival in Jaipur, India:

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Elephants and Dior

Fashion meets circus act in this 1950s Dior shoot by Richard Avedon. Aside from the elegant pose and fantastic elephants, the images have become iconic for their representation of contrasts: youth and age, strength and frailty, grace and awkwardness, freedom and captivity. These images were considered revolutionary when they were first published in 1955, they exceeded the realm of fashion photography and were elevated into fine art.

Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris. Photo by Richard Avedon.

Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris. Photo by Richard Avedon. 1955.

Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris. Photo by Richard Avedon.

This dress was the first designed for Dior by his 19-year-old assistant, Yves Saint-Laurent.