Fashion imagery fans, take note: The Summer 09 issue of Acne Paper—a gorgeous, cultural journal published by Acne, an innovative Swedish collective—includes a wealth of stunning images from some major photography heavy-weights. Though the magazine represents various facets of popular culture, fashion is a common thread throughout. And, happily for those experiencing Spring Fever, the entire issue focuses on eroticism.
The magazine is book-ended by a lovely portfolio of work from fashion editorial photographers who, through the years, have expanded the boundaries for representing sexuality in print publications. (That includes Baron Adolph de Meyer, Edward Steichen, Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Deborah Turbeville, and Juergon Teller, among others.) There’s also an insert from Mario Testino and Carine Roitfeld (of French Vogue), and photos from Steven Meisel, Tim Walker, and Guy Bourdin.
But despite all that name-dropping, I was particularly excited to see Sarah Moon’s new photographs of fashion designer Azzedine Alaia and clothing from his eponymous line (see the above photo). The models posed on a set of layered paper, which Moon photographed by double exposing polaroid film. The imagery, when coupled with the magazine’s scale and tactile paper, exudes depth—which ultimately compliments the complexity of Alaia’s clothing. Photography and fashion buffs can learn more about the issue here.