Former advertising executive Chris Cox of Easy & Elegant Life has a good eye. Earlier today he observed that a photograph I posted, Paul Costello's shot of Miles Redd and friends simultaneously popping out of the windows in the designer's house to form a graphic composition (domino, April 2008) is visually reminiscent of Chanel's ÉGOÏSTE spots done nearly two decades before.
I found the old commercial here, on YouTube. According to Chanel's site, the ÉGOÏSTE spot was directed by Jean-Paul Goude and was awarded the Lion d'Or at the 37th Cannes International Advertising Festival in 1990.
In terms of emotion, the scene captured at Redd's house is decidedly lighter while the television spot seems filled with torment. But again, graphically the connection is clear. I've been racking my brain trying to remember if there is also a scene from an earlier film or a maybe even a painting that could have influenced the 2008 magazine shot. Thoughts?
Lovely reader Amy just brought to my attention "Girls in the Windows," the signature picture of Ormand Gigli shot in 1960 while a construction crew dismantled a row of brownstones on East 58th Street in NYC. With the colorful clothes juxtaposed against the neutral building, this shot definitely feels like a precursor to Costello's picture. Click here for the story of how Gigli got his shot, and if someone else already blogged about this connection in 2008 when domino's April issue was released, but I've overlooked it, please let me know.