Portraits Reinterpreted

Portraits Reinterpreted

>> Famed still life photographer Peter Lippmann has collaborated with Christian Louboutin a number of times on campaigns, exploiting his still life set-up expertise.  I found the Flemish-style still lifes with shoes strewn over tables with goblets, grapes and skulls impressive in their execution and mimicry of those types of paintings.  It was also interesting to see that the shoe was not purposely made to be the centre of attention in the arrangements of objects.  Here, we have another Lippmann x Louboutin collaboration, with a series of portraits inspired by iconic and notably diverse pieces of art, all meant to celebrate different facets of femininity.  Each A/W 11-12 Louboutin shoe or accesory worked into the portrait also ties in with the character of the painting as well as the woman depicted. 

Re-enactment of famous artworks in a fashion editorial context isn't anything new of course but there's a certain distinct lushness that Lippmann brings to the portraits, and it is clear that he is interested in capturing the light and certain characteristics of the original paintings in his photographs as opposed to creating straight forward replicas.  There is also the surreal aspect of seeing a Louboutin shoe in say an 15th century Renaissance portrait or on Whistler's mother's lap (though that painting is well up there in the 'Most Photoshopped' chart) but it's quite interesting to see when more traditionally symbolic or allegorical items such as a cross or a skull has been replaced by those famous red-sole shoes – something that the legions of women who worship at the alter of Louboutin won't have a problem with. 

Benoist Marie Guillermine née Laville-Leroulx,portrait d'une négresse,Louvre Marie-Guilleme Benoit Р"Portrait d’une Negresse"

Pictured with the nappa leather and patent Balda bootie. 


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Y-painting1-popup Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot – "Portrait of a Girl"

Pictured with the Halte black patent shoe. 

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The Penitent Magdalen, 1638-43, by Georges de la TourGeorges de la Tour – "Magdalene and the Flame"

Pictured with the Puck boot.

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ElizabethAustria Francois Clouet – "Elizabeth of Austria"

Pictured with the Madame au Pigalili gold spiked platform shoe and Catalina sequined clutch


1007328Jean-Marc Nattier – "Marquise D'Antin"

Pictured with the Artemis shoulder feathered bag.

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Francisco de Zurbaran-768745Francisco De Zurbaran – "Saint Dorothy"

Pictured with the 8 Mignons purple sandals with a specchio fabric detailing on the instep. 



690px-whistler-mother_lgJames McNeil Whistler -  "Whistler's Mother"

Pictured with the Tootsie roccia leather ankle boot with laser etched pony panelling and geoemtric studded piping.  

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Credits : Photography Peter Lippmann, Concept Jerome Gonford, Styling Catherine Gorne, Prop Styling Annie Bodin, Hair/Make-Up Jean Pierre Canavate, Casting Olivier Duperrin, Art Direction Jeffrey Blunden, Models Trissan Polas, Sterenn Nogues, Karom Kelly lippmann, Lia Catreux, Francoise de Stael and Karen Assayag, Retouching Patrick Toulomond and Lillian Joy, Printers Fot Paris & Print Model)


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  1. nydontleaveme

    2011-06-16 at 1:19 AM

    This is SO cool! I’m a huge art lover and this is such a great concept!! Love it!

  2. RCMonroe

    2011-06-16 at 1:57 AM

    this is beautiful & such a cool idea !

  3. Jo - Lost in the Haze

    2011-06-16 at 2:03 AM

    Amaaaazing post! I love it when paintings are recreated! Be sure to enter my £100 ASOS voucher giveaway!

  4. Faith

    2011-06-16 at 2:52 AM

    The Whistler’s Mother is my fave!! All are really unique though…

  5. ArticulateArt

    2011-06-16 at 3:49 AM

    These photos are quite unique!!!

  6. Mary

    2011-06-16 at 3:59 AM

    Wow, this is great! VERY interesting.

  7. Gela

    2011-06-16 at 4:06 AM

    this is brilliant! i love that they changed the portraits up in the subtlest way. 🙂


    2011-06-16 at 6:14 AM

    Oh, I love it when life imitates art.

  9. ronke

    2011-06-16 at 9:36 AM

    not bad at all… not bad… the portraits have been beautifully reenacted with much attention to detail… I’m not totally convinced about the placing of the shoes though… but the handbag on a shoulder and shoe on a table worked… shoes on the fruit and all those who suddenly had shoes in their laps? not working for me

  10. LoveLouboutins7

    2011-06-16 at 9:44 AM

    Louboutin’s imitate art!! Nice

  11. dolls and killers

    2011-06-16 at 10:38 AM
  12. Mis54

    2011-06-16 at 11:19 AM

    Tres imaginative cette fille

  13. Klaudia

    2011-06-16 at 12:10 PM

    This is a very bad idea. Some of the photos are poorly done – St. Dorothy for example. Maybe it would work if it was more kitschy/fun. This is downright tasteless.

  14. Megan Abigail Chandler

    2011-06-16 at 12:38 PM

    I think this is quite creative and interesting to combine the eras in such a way … I would have to say that style meeting history in this way is unique


    2011-06-16 at 2:26 PM



    2011-06-16 at 2:40 PM

    Fantastic post Susie, wowwwwwwwwwwwwww I am drooling with every pic.

  17. Meena Dhuga

    2011-06-16 at 4:14 PM

    Woweeeeee! This post is amazing 😀 And the photos are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.
    Meena xx

  18. Seriale-modeuse

    2011-06-16 at 4:53 PM

    Fashion is an art in it’s own right.

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    2011-06-16 at 6:35 PM

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  20. Amanda

    2011-06-16 at 6:56 PM

    niiiiiice! 😀

  21. Sarah Licentiate

    2011-06-16 at 7:55 PM

    I love that ‘Whistler’s Mother’ with a boot – really puts a different spin on the classic.

  22. Wardrobe Block

    2011-06-16 at 8:53 PM

    I love this campaign!

  23. Fashion Photographer

    2011-06-16 at 10:09 PM

    The Marquise D’Antin one is great

  24. Aivi

    2011-06-17 at 5:27 AM

    thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. susie you are the best!

  25. mynameisgiacobba

    2011-06-17 at 7:08 AM

    the “shoe interpretation” of Magdelene and the flame is beautiful, they all are really!!

  26. Adele

    2011-06-17 at 11:13 AM

    Magdelene and the flame is the best one, it’s kind of creepy. Some of them look a bit awkward but maybe that’s the point behind the concept, to have a jarring sense of it rather than produce an image thats seamless?

  27. alicia

    2011-06-17 at 2:06 PM

    So witty! I LOVED this!!!

  28. Lynnae

    2011-06-17 at 3:08 PM

    Fantastic! Featured many of my favorite paintings. Makes this art history major happy!

  29. A S Dowd

    2011-06-17 at 11:45 PM

    Absolutely stunning!

  30. Linda

    2011-06-18 at 1:02 AM

    I loved the way each shoe is displayed in each painting. The shoes are fabulous!

  31. Intrinsically Florrie

    2011-06-18 at 6:09 PM

    One thing I do love more than shoes is paintings and I am absolutely besotted with this campaign!
    My favourite is the interpretation of the Jean-Marc Nattier as that it is of one of my favourite periods in art history, but the Whistler’s Mother shot is just genius.
    Thank you so very much for sharing, cheered up my evening no end.
    Florrie x

  32. Jess

    2011-06-19 at 11:27 AM
  33. flavia

    2011-06-19 at 1:50 PM

    I think this is hideous and unoriginal. Taking beautiful art and “reinventing” it as a vehicle for empty consumerism. What is so praiseworthy about that?

  34. susie_bubble

    2011-06-19 at 1:59 PM

    Flavia: if you read my post, i did acknowledge that this isn’t in fact new or original… I just said it was well-done… also, these aren’t really campaign images so they’re not really vehicles of commerce as the images are only meant for limited print lookbooks or online news story runs…
    I also think Lippmann might also be admitting the slight ludicracy of the concept of putting a Louboutin shoe in these portraits… the placement suggests that there is a sense that he is poking fun which is apt for a brand like Louboutin (judging from their website…)
    It’s not to everyone’s taste, I might add but the literal campness of it all is what grabs me… I certainly don’t see it as some sort of lofty art-fashion hybrid….

  35. alexvalensi

    2011-06-19 at 6:14 PM

    great pictures, shame about the shoes…

  36. Jen

    2011-06-19 at 10:36 PM

    Great post, what a terrific project! I completely enjoyed looking these over.

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    2011-06-20 at 11:37 AM

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  38. Cecilia

    2011-06-20 at 10:47 PM

    this is so witty! love it!

  39. B Chan

    2011-06-21 at 7:43 AM

    Vulgar and repulsive.

  40. On aura tout vu Monaco

    2011-06-24 at 10:12 AM

    These representation are really artistics, it’s beautiful !

  41. Armani Watches

    2011-07-01 at 11:18 AM

    I love it! Although you could have presented other products too – nut just shoes. 🙂

  42. Yehani

    2011-07-02 at 3:43 PM

    I just love Christian Louboutin. He’s my absolute favourite designer of all time and this is just genius.

  43. Marcelino

    2011-07-03 at 12:45 AM

    Very nice…..DO present other products and characters

  44. Jordans Shoes

    2011-07-04 at 11:31 AM

    Oh my, Wanda! What GORGEOUS photographs! Your flowers are so beautiful and those colors are amazing! Have a wonderful

  45. House Cleaning

    2011-07-22 at 11:17 AM

    I am enjoyed looking these, it’s beautiful !

  46. Random Stuff

    2011-07-26 at 10:31 AM

    Good post!!
    One thing is sure is that everyone can be fashion, even geeks as you can see on this post http://www.random-blog.com/2011/07/who-said-geeks-werent-sexy.html
    I genuinely believe that fashion is being random. And that if you want to be fashion, don’t follow the fashion…

  47. Hakum

    2011-07-28 at 10:56 AM

    Very Good!!! Continue…See your version in a cartoonized version………at : http://www.hollyfoot-heroes.com/2011/07/episode-33-mick-jaggger-birthday-trick.html

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  49. Jessy

    2012-01-14 at 7:12 PM

    Love the Fashion Style on the old pictures, the 3rd picture might be a great inspiration for this years carnival :-).

  50. Portrait Photography Denver

    2012-03-02 at 11:56 AM

    Wow, very lovely post. Photographs in your post looking very beautiful.

  51. Adrianna

    2014-02-01 at 6:32 AM

    Oh so gorgeous! xx

  52. Brettina

    2017-11-06 at 10:39 PM

    This is incredible and very spot on.

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