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Behind the Lens | Francesco Scavullo’s Sexy World

In a world of quick fashion fixes, few discern or remember the great masters of fashion photography and their important artistic contributions, even though their photographs have been digested by the masses many times over. Case in point: the great Francesco Scavullo (1921-2004)!

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Francesco Scavullo by Sean Byrns, 1988

It is nearly impossible to go through the 1970s and 1980s without encountering a Scavullo image. His eye – really his lens – was omnipresent from magazine covers and editorials to advertising campaigns and celebrity portraits. The Scavullo ‘click’ was his ability to seductively extract the “beautiful”… partly due to his ability to make the subject so comfortable that his/her ease made the shot glow from within.

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Lauren Hutton with earrings by Bulgari, Francesco Scavullo, 1975

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Elsa Peretti, Francesco Scavullo (originally published in Francesco Scavullo on Beauty in 1976)

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Gloria Vanderbilt in Bill Blass, Francesco Scavullo

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

10 years old Brooke Shields, Francesco Scavullo, 1975

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Iman in Profile, Francesco Scavullo, 1977

What many may not realize is that Francesco Scavullo is the man behind some of the most famous Cosmopolitan magazine covers as well as SeventeenHarper’s Bazaar, and Rolling Stone. He is the man who turned cleavage and a long mane of hair into a glamorous trademark reworked to heighten each woman’s type of beauty, and his images, by the way, never flirted with the cheap side.

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Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Beverly Johnson, February 1976 Cosmopolitan cover, Francesco Scavullo

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Dayle Haddon, January 1977 Cosmopolitan cover, Francesco Scavullo

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Burt Reynolds posed naked for the April 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine, photo Francesco Scavullo

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Time magazine cover with Madonna (27 May 1985), Francesco Scavullo

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Christy Turlington, June 1993 Cosmopolitan cover, Francesco Scavullo

Francesco Scavullo‘s personality, both lively and extravagant, marked the iconic and decadent period he is mostly associated with. He was close to and favored by everyone from Andy Warhol to the Hollywood set and Studio 54 cognoscente, who made him not only a witness but also a contributor to this ‘wild party’ (he was once arrested for walking nude on New York’s posh Park Avenue while holding a sign demanding that Marilyn Monroe be made the patron saint of Hollywood!).

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Cher and her sister, lighting up with Bob Mackie and Francesco Scavullo

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Candy Darling, Francesco Scavullo, 1969

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Farrah Fawcett, Francesco Scavullo

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Gianni Versace, Francesco Scavullo, 1984

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

Oriana Fallaci, Francesco Scavullo, 1990

Fashion photography may have been, until recently, considered merely an afterthought of the discipline, despite the fact that 20th century greats like George Hoyningen-Huené, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton made their marks with the genre. But since his death in 2004, Francesco Scavullo’s influence is returning to the forefront, becoming more apparent and visible in the works of a new crop of photographers who obviously studied his unmistakably seductive shots.

Francesco Scavullo American fashion photographer Cosmopolitan celebrity

René Russo, Francesco Scavullo

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