Claudia, The Club Chanteuse.

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I’m reminded of Maritta Wolff’s Petey Braun, the brassy nightclub singer from her 1942 novel Night Shift played by Ida Lupino in the 1947 Raoul Walsh film version The Man I Love. Come to think of it, let’s not forget Ida Lupino’s smoky voiced Lily Stevens doing “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” with her cigarette smoldering away above the piano’s keyboard in a northwoodsy Road House from the 1948 film of the same name.

But no, it’s Claudia Schiffer, looking a bit wistful but still mighty sultry in this 1990’s Chanel print ad.

More Mystery In Moonlight

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Here is the full suite of creative retro-pulp homage (or spoof?) images done by model Claudia Schiffer, photographer Michelangelo di Battista, artist Jon Rogers and stylist Alison Edmond for Harper’s Bazaar UK in 2009, titled “Mystery In The Moonlight” and inspired not so much by crime pulps, but more by the so-called ‘shudder pulps’, those dark mystery and horror magazines notorious for their damsels-in-distress (and undress) covers. Also shown below is Ms. Schiffer herself at a gallery opening with the works.

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Mystery In Moonlight

Claudia Schiffer by Michelangelo di Battista

The image could almost be from a 1950’s B-movie poster, vintage paperback original on a spinning wire rack or a tawdry ‘true crime’ magazine lurking on the bottom row at the candy store. Michelangelo di Battista shoots supermodel Claudia Schiffer for Harper’s Bazaar UK in an editorial titled “Mystery In The Moonlight”, utilizing drawings by artist Jon Rogers, the project styled by Alison Edmond. More of this projects intriguing pulp-spoof images follow in the next post.

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