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Natalia Vodianova, Venice, American Vogue, 2005

With basilicas and bridges home to Titians and Tiepelos, a canalside dinner or neighbourhood stroll throws up the creative spirit of different eras. It’s this reason countless artists have turned to Venice for their inspiration. Thomas Mann, Peggy Guggenheim, Patricia Highsmith – all have used Venice as their canvas. These images evoke that Venice, where ballrooms surge with masked dancers, and cocktail dresses are worn round-the-clock. With Natalia Vodianova in the role of a young countess, in the outlandish Venetian fashion for which the city is known, it’s an homage to the grandeur and unconventional style the city offers.