The inspiration was evident from the get-go when Richard Nicoll presented his Aw14-15 collection during London Fashion Week: the roaring 20s. The drop-waist dresses and pencil skirts half covered by long sweaters revoked the silhouette of the the 1920s but it had been updated with short tennis skirts, parkas and a few contemporary denim pieces. Having looked at old Edward Steichen fashion photographs, Nicoll depicted the prosperous decade (pre-big crash) by adding sequined patterns to tops and skirts as well as full fur garments in rich colors like white and turquoise.
A Condé Nast favorite, Edward Steichen shot many fashion stories for Vogue and Vanity Fair between 1923 and 1938 and some of his photos are regarded as the first of modern day fashion photography. Steichen also won an Oscar for his 1944 documentary The Fighting Lady, which was the story of a US war carrier that operated during WW2, and was the director of photography at New York’s MoMA for 15 years before retiring in 1962.