In 1959, Brigitte Bardot is in the prime of her 25 years. For three years she is the ideal woman and the sex bomb of the movie screens, offered by Vadim as a divine creation.
Alexandre is the most famous hairdresser. He works along with fashion designers to give of the woman the image of an utmost elegance. At that time when the images are spread all over the world by magazines and television, his achievements are spectacular. Queens and celebrities are demanding to have their hair done by the master.
Richard Avedon is the director of photography for Harper's Bazaar. Bringing an unprecedented attention to the personality of the models, he has already transformed forever the fashion photography. The movie stars are the best triggers of fashion changes and are in their turn photographed by him.
Avedon is preparing his first book, Observations, which is a collection of portraits of celebrities. He is a perfectionist of the silver print. He appreciates his portrait of Bardot haired by Alexandre as one of his best pictures.
Women's fashion is for the thick hair. Accentuating the waves without obscuring the face, Alexandre highlights the natural beauty of the actress. Avedon embellishes the work of Alexandre with light and shadow. Brigitte is waiting, straight head and direct gaze.
This portrait is published in the magazine and in the book, and later edited in 35 copies 59 x 51 cm. One of them is estimated $ 220K for sale by Phillips in New York on October 5, lot 20.
SOLD for $ 250K including premium