Art collector and exhibitionist Peggy Guggenheim (the niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim) was known for many things in her day — it’s been reported by many that she was quite the man hunter — but “ice queen” does not necessarily come to mind. Vogue Mexico provides an interesting take on the self-processed “art addict,” by focusing on her luxuries and bringing out the intimidation in her.
Ruby Aldridge was chosen for the part of Guggenheim, and she certainly perfects the blank looks, the emptily parted lips, and the severe glares. Shot by Thomas Cooksey, this December 2013 editorial titled “Icónica” was styled by Keegan Singh, who outfitted Aldridge in several fur-ladden ensembles, similar to those Guggenheim had been seen wearing herself. Aldridge wears elaborately ostentatious sunglasses for which Guggenheim is known, several large, puffy fur coats, big rings, intricately embroidered fishnets, and glitzy high-heeled booties. Her raven hair slicked back, Aldridge wears neutral makeup that puts more of an emphasis on her steely looks, her often quizzically arched eyebrows, and her overall stoic presence.
The shoot takes place in a seemingly abandoned residence that is looks like it is meant to be occupied by the wealthier type, yet wilted flower petals and leaves cover the floors, an un-hung mirror sits on the ground, and there only appears to be a couple pieces of furniture. Cooksey’s lighting is impeccable, making Aldridge, though cold-looking, seem absolutely radiant in this conceptual shoot. See more from it below.
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