Beauty and the Bones


Richard Avedon, The New Yorker, 1995

Via Haute Macabre, an unbelievable fashion editorial created by Richard Avedon for the New Yorker. I have no words.


Richard Avedon, The New Yorker, 1995

See the complete editorial at Haute Macabre.


  1. #1 Luciana Christante
    March 25, 2009

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  2. #2 Anon
    March 25, 2009

    Very cool.

    The link to the editorial does not work for me.

  3. #3 Jessica Palmer
    March 25, 2009

    Yeah, that’s because Haute Macabre moved their site over the weekend and apparently vacated their archives after I wrote the post – it’s uberannoying when blogs do that, because the links break. It’s fixed now with a link to the post at the new site.

  4. #4 Science Bear
    March 25, 2009

    I study all things bones, so this was quite up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

  5. #5 Jan-Maarten
    March 25, 2009

    Wow, that’s a great find!
    It’s fun to try to find meaning in those photos; the first one seems to convey a rather standard vanitas sentiment, but the second one could be a perfect metaphor for pornography.. a depersonalized, passive male whose furnace is being fed by a scantily clad woman that cannot listen. Chilling.

  6. #6 Jessica Palmer
    March 25, 2009

    I think the second one is a prescient commentary on the Battlestar Galactica finale!

  7. #7 octopod
    March 25, 2009


    I especially like the one with the skeleton posing by the fireplace.

  8. #8 John
    March 25, 2009

    I’m partial to the images with the upside-down doll baby. The second photo posted here is fabulous, too.

  9. #9 Screaming Dinosaur Egg Liberal
    March 26, 2009

    As a guy, I am offended that these two photos are placed here purely to entice our primal, unthinking urges… as if we’re nothing more than stupid moths attracted to a candle. However, that doesn’t mean that I can’t be offended and pleased at the same time. Thanks Jessica!

  10. #10 Isis the Scientist
    March 27, 2009

    The picture is beautiful and I saw it in isolation of the others over on Sheril’s blog. I think I first interpreted it differently than others. I’ve been thinking a bit lately about fashion models and the pressure they’re put under to be thin. I think, from that perspective, it’s an interesting piece of social commentary.

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