November 27, 2021

Guy Bourdin, Woman With a Portrait of John Travolta, 1979

Saturday night fever, captured by French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin in this sensual 1979 photograph, Woman With a Portrait of John Travolta. Bourdin’s work pulled writer Abbey Bender into an outré world of style and fashion when she first encountered it as a teen—the focus of her feature for Elephant’s This Artwork Changed My Life column. “The tableau is both simple and over-the-top, and the more you look at it, the weirder it gets,” Bender writes of this image. “It all felt like the height of a nostalgic glamour that I badly wanted to experience as a lonesome high schooler in the aughts.” Read the full story here.