|Glenn Gould, 1950s|
I can't get over how incredibly modern Canadian pianist Glenn Gould's style was for a young man living in the fifties. It's little news that throughout his career he was known as an eccentric who wore gloves to protect his hands and donned a scarf and overcoat in the middle of summer. Is it any wonder that he became somewhat of a fashion icon in the mid fifties despite or really in answer to how different he was? His extraordinary appearance made him the focus of Vogue, Glamour and Life editorials.
All the same, I was completely struck by photographs of Gould taken in his twenties that express his very modern and edgy look, a look that embodies sophisticated yet effortless dishevelment--the tousled and unkempt hair, the nonchalant and easy gestures, the loose and rolled up garments, a tinge of the wild romantic. His striking appearance evokes a different era, a newer generation. Looking at the photograph above, Gould could belong to the fashion spreads of the twenty-first century; the contemporary ideal of high fashion seems to have been molded by the virtuoso.