Denis Piel's influence during the 1980s was significant, earning him an international reputation for his beauty, fashion, and celebrity spreads for magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ, and for brands such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, L'Oreal, Revlon, and Estee Lauder. His work has garnered many international awards. Piel's photographs are in the permanent collection of The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and numerous private collections. Polly Allen Mellen has been a stylist and fashion editor for more than sixty years at Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, and was the creative director of Allure. Donna Karan is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.
"The influential fashion photographer's heyday was in the '80s and
'90s, before Photoshop existed, but his pictures are still perfect.
Frankly sexual, they exude intimacy and a certain eroticism...."
~New York Daily News
"...a sumptuous, large-format monograph worthy of every photographer's library." ~Rangefinder.com
"It's a striking collection of images that is simultaneously high-art and vaguely erotic; at once nostalgic for the libertine feel of the 1980s and 1990s---and also entirely timeless." ~Daily Beast
"Sexy yet tasteful, exotic yet intimate, the 150 images reveal the French-born, Australian-bred photographer's unique, unerring eye for beauty." ~Details Magazine
"Mr. Piel's subjects, the likes of Uma Thurman, Andie MacDowell, Tatjana Patitz and Christy Turlington, convey an almost tactile sensuality as different from the hyperglazed mood so prevalent today as a shrink-wrapped apple is from one on a tree. To pore over those images is to discover an aesthetic that seems new and quietly animated, a compelling alternative to the often robotic look of the moment. Unlike...other current fashion darlings, who deliberately render their subjects remote, Mr. Piel's images, while posed, seem intimate, the models' flesh, with its visible goose bumps, stray hairs or film of sweat, almost palpable. He retouches sparingly, a point of pride, and likes to peek behind his subjects' lacquered facades." ~The New York Times