Style Icon Josephine Baker has been a heavy source of inspiration for me lately. The African-American performer became famous after performing in a banana skirt at the Folies Bergere in Paris. By mid 1926 she was believed to be the most photographed woman in the world. Dolls of her in the infamous banana skirt were sold in thousands and the banana became a symbol of emancipation and empowerment.
Recently, it seems as if Baker’s style influence has been popping up everywhere. For Prada’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection, Miuccia Prada drew on Jo Baker’s imagery with those banana print skirts and finger wave hairstyle. And even more recently, photographer Ellen von Unwerth shot the most incredible spread in homage to the icon.
I first saw images of the TUSH magazine editorial about a month ago and have obsessed over it almost daily ever since. Model Rose Cordero is flawless in the entire spread and the styling is spot on. Click here to check out all the images from “Adore Me” in Tush’s issue #24 and stay tuned for my interpretation of Jo Baker’s style…coming up next! xx
Modcloth Oh So Lovely Short
Modcloth Oh So Lovely Bra
Badgley Mischka Navajo Deco Pendant Necklace
Embroidered “Cocobanana” ring
Alice and Olivia Anja Vest
Gucci Leight T strap Sandal
All Saints Chan Vest Dress
Dolce and Gabana Lipstick in Amethyst
Cartier Emerald and Diamond Panthère ring
ASOS Deco earrings
Chanel No. 5 eau de parfume
Miu Miu Fall 2011 Clutch