Da Vinci, Vermeer, Sargent! Harper’s Bazaar has replaced the masters’ muses with today’s modern heroines. In the glossy’s November issue, dubbed the “Art of Beauty” and considered a collector’s edition, Winnie Harlow is transformed into Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Halima Aden becomes Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Hari Nef transforms into John Singer Sargent’s Madame X. While Nef happens to be a dead ringer for Sargent’s portrait of the young socialite Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, the shoot is meant to reflect the changing standards of beauty in the 21st century.
Shot by Pari Dukovic, the images give new meaning to the iconic paintings and incredibly, the clothing is just as modern as the women featured. Harlow is draped in stoles created by Denis Colomb; Aden sports a Bottega Veneta jacket and top, an Ellen Christine Couture turban, and a Cartier pearl earring, and Nef wears an Oscar de la Renta jumpsuit and skirt, with David Webb necklaces worn as straps, and a Lulu Frost hairpin. Kudos to stylist Anna Trevelyan!
Courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar US