Vogue's Book of Houses, Gardens, People

Vogue's Book of Houses, Gardens, People
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Text by Valentine Lawford. Introduction by Diana Vreeland. Photographs by Horst.

London. The Bodley Head. 1968. First edition. British edition. Cloth hardback, dust jacket. 195 pages. Full page colour and b&w illustrations throughout. 325 x 245mm (12¾ x 9¾"). 1.5kg. . English. Near fine; very slight shelf wear to edges of dust jacket, light wear at head and base of spine, a couple of short 1cm tears; residue of sticker to lower front pastedown; not price-clipped, no inscriptions, no fading to jacket, a very attractive copy.

A scarce, classic vintage book featuring Horst's photographs of the homes of the great and the good of the 1960s.

'From Miss Doris Duke's extraordinary Muslim-inspired house near Honolulu, and State Senator and Mrs. Taylor Pryor's Oceanarium at Sea Life Park, also in Hawaii, we are transported to the revived Georgian splendours of Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Guinness's Irish castle, and to Mr. Henry Francis du Pont's world-famous estate at Winterthru, Delaware; from the work-rooms and living-rooms of the brilliant designer Emilio Pucci in Florence, to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's magnificiently appointed house in the Bois de Boulogne, and to Baron and Baroness Philippe de Rothschild's unique Château de Mouton; from the converted Baptist church where Mrs. Charles Fuller lives at Stonington, Connecticut, to the historic trees and recently created flower-borders of the White House gardens. All the houses and gardens illustrated here reveal the imagination and knowledge, tastes and interests, of their owners. There are chapters about the young: Mr. and Mrs. Carter Burden, Jr., in their New York apartment, Mr. and Mrs. Cy Twombly in their Roman palazzo, Lord and Lady Eliot at their ancient family seat in Cornwall. There are chapters about notably gifted gardeners in England, Italy, and France.
This book provides an opportunity to see how a number of well-known and less well-known people live during their private hours, among the possessions they love and in the surroundings they have planned or improved or cultivated.' (from the blurb).

It was during the 1960s that Horst's stylised black-and-white studio shots began to full out of favour and the fashion magazines switched their preference to natural-looking location shots in colour. Diana Vreeland, soon to be editor in chief of Vogue, suggested to Horst that he try his hand at shooting interiors. She commissioned a new feature called "Fashions in Living" in which Horst provided photographs of the interiors of a celebrity's house and Horst's partner, Valentine Lawford, would provide the text. It was an enviable job, Horst often spent a couple of weeks staying in the residence to understand fully the building, it's character and it's light. The results were a triumph and the articles ran in Vogue and House and Garden for twenty-odd years. Horst had the ability to capture the essence of the home as a reflection of the personality of the owner. He focussed on the revealing detail, such as the embroidered slipper of Baron Philippe de Rothschild resting on a carpet portrait of Napoleon III (the image which graces the cover of Horst:Interiors). But where Horst excelled is in the portraits that he took of the owners in their interiors, a shot that was included in each article. He used his expertise in portrait photography to perfectly capture the dynamic between the owner and their home.

Diana Vreeland provides a short introduction and then eighteen homes are featured, with photographs and text taken from the original articles published in Vogue magazine between 1963 and 1968.