Courtney Love by Hedi Silmane: Portrait of a Performer
Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane has always stood at the intersection of fashion, art and music. Over the past 10 years, his slick, sexy designs and signature cut have revolutionized menswear. Several bodies of his photographic works London Birth of a Cult and his ongoing "Rock Diary" series for V magazine have documented underground rock culture at its loudest and most extreme. In this latest project, Slimane teams up with the editors of Visionaire and V to deliver Portrait of a Performer, an exclusive photojournal devoted to the provocative musician and muse, Courtney Love. Shot in New York in August of 2006, just before the release of Love's latest record, the intimate black-and-white studies capture the American pop icon, semi-nude, just before her return to the Billboard charts defiant, mesmerizing, flawed and vulnerable. Portrait of a Performer documents a highly charged encounter between two creative forces who have influenced rock and fashion, each on their own terms.
Back in the 2009 CONDÉNAST launched a new print magazine with a name that anticipates the age of Aquarius, the LOVE Magazine. What got me to love this new addition to the Conde empire? Normally it would have the icons of pop cultu... Back in the 2009 CONDÉNAST launched a new print magazine with a name that anticipates the age of Aquarius, the LOVE Magazine. What got me to love this new addition to the Conde empire? Normally it would have the icons of pop culture featured in the first issue--Iggy Pop, Kate Moss, Judy Blame, and others--but no, it was the lovely nude of Beth Ditto on the cover that did it. Why? well, Beth is hot, and the look feels like a fresh start, like the start of something new. Looking back on the year of 2009 this cover will mark the beginning of a massive shift in pop culture.