Not your girls next door

Fashion and fetish in a female fantasyland

Ellen von Unwerth was a supermodel before the term was invented, so she knows a thing or two about photographing beautiful women.

First published as a Collector’s Edition and now available in this standard hardcover edition, Fräulein, she pays homage to the world‘s most delectable females including Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Vanessa Paradis, Eva Mendes, Dita von Teese, Adriana Lima, Carla Bruni, Eva Green, Monica Bellucci and dozens more.

Switching effortlessly between color and immaculate black and white, von Unwerth‘s photography revels in sexual intrigue, femininity, romance, fetishism, kitsch humor, decadence and sheer joie de vivre. Some subjects flaunt personal fantasies; others are guarded, suggesting that we have stumbled into a secret world: Fashion and fantasy were never so enchantingly combined.
The photographer:
Ellen von Unwerth worked as a top fashion model for 10 years, before taking up the camera and becoming one of the world's most in-demand fashion photographers. Her editorial work has featured in countless magazines, including Vogue, Interview, Vanity Fair and i-D, while her major advertising campaigns include Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, Guess, Diesel, and Chanel. In 1991 she was awarded first prize at the International Festival of Fashion Photography, and her work was featured in Archaeology of Elegance (2002) and Fashioning Fiction at MoMA/Queens (2004). Her many individual exhibitions include a one woman show at the Hamilton Gallery in London, and her photo-novella Revenge (2003) was accompanied by exhibitions in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Moscow, and Beijing.

The author:
Ingrid Sischy is a Contributing Editor for Vanity Fair. A former staff writer, photography and fashion critic at The New Yorker, she was editor in chief of Interview, 1989-2008. She has profiled Keith Haring, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Nicole Kidman, and Madonna, among many others.
Ellen von Unwerth. Fräulein

Ellen von Unwerth. Fräulein

Ellen von Unwerth,
Hardcover, 9.7 x 14.1 in., 472 pages
$ 69.99

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  • Reviews
"Fräulein captures perfectly von Unwerth’s intimate, playful style, dancing between erotica and kitsch decadence with many of our era’s sexiest female icons such as Claudia Schiffer, Vanessa Paradis, Monica Bellucci, Kate Moss, Britney Spears, Dita von Teese, Adriana Lima, Carla Bruni, Eva Mendes, Eva Green, Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan, and many more."
— Dazed Digital, London, United Kingdom
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