24/11/2022 Exceptional Fashion
Part lot 423, gelatin silver print of John Hind with Grace Coddington, estimate £150-250
The Photographic collection of the late John Hind
Auction: Tuesday 6th December, 2022
John Hind (1954-1995) graduated from the Royal College of Art with a degree in Graphic Design in 1979. At his graduation show he was spotted by Sue Mann, the then Art Editor at British Vogue and was invited to join her team. During the 1980s, he progressed to become Art Editor and later Creative Director working under Beatrix Miller, Anna Wintour and Liz Tilberis.
Part lot 410, vintage prints related to Chanel, 1983 to early 1990s, estimate £150-200
As Creative Director, John Hind worked alongside the most prominent fashion photographers of the time including, to name but a few, Paolo Roversi, Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Herb Ritts, Terence Donovan and Michel Haddi. He forged close relationships with all the major and emerging photographers of the time and was instrumental in encouraging and helping fledgling careers of photographers such as Javier Vallhonrat and Michel Haddi. Young Claudia Schiffer’s first Vogue photoshoot for the A/W haute couture collections in Paris in 1989 at the Hotel Meurice is also recorded within the collection.
Part lot 418, Michel Haddi, three photographs of Debbie Mazar, 1991, 1994, estimate £150-250
‘John launched my career worldwide. He liked to have me work alongside him in the Vogue Creative Department every day. I really loved him. He gave me freedom - sent me out on my own to photoshoots all over the world, including a memorable trip to America for a feature entitled ‘The Queen of Soul’ for which he dedicated 35 pages of the magazine one Christmas. Can you imagine? That would not be allowed today. My work featured not only in British Vogue but also in American and Italian editions, so when I eventually made my move to New York in 1989, I was welcomed like a prince – all because of the faith John showed in me.’
When Alexandra Shulman became Editor in Chief of British Vogue in 1992, John Hind left and went on to develop a freelance career which was cut short by his premature death in 1995.
Lot 411, Herb Ritts portraits of Mike Tyson and Neneh Cherry, 1989, estimate £600-1,000
The photographs range from precious gelatin silver prints, unique polaroids to more inexpensive resin press images. They provide a snapshot of the prevailing fashions, designers, celebrities and socialites in popular culture of the mid 1980s-early 90s.
Lot 397, Bruce Weber gelatin silver print, untitled, 1984, estimate £400-600
Unlike most photographic auction catalogues where the date, photographer and sitter is usually the only information provided, where possible we have included details of the designers and the clothes. Consequently, we hope that these special images will appeal to both photographic and fashion collectors alike.
Lot 386, Paolo Roversi unique polaroid portrait of Isabelle Pascoe in Karl Lagerfeld hat, 1985, estimate £1,000-1,500
These photographs, so carefully preserved and treasured by John Hind, reflect not only his interest in fashion and his tenure as a Vogue editor but also his appreciation of photography as an art form and his close friendships with some of the greatest photographers in the world.
The late John Hind