The Photos of Barbara Streisand's House You've Been Dying to See
Posted by David Ozanich — 28 Jan 2011
Long having wanted to feature more interior design and architecture photography on this blog, the super-sized Harper's Bazaar pictorials dedicated to Barbara Streisand and her design sensibility seemed too good to resist. The occasion of this peek into the diva's life is the release of her book "My Passion for Design" which details the results of the major Malibu makeover she gave her California home. There's so many things going on in these pages that I'm going to have to break them down individually.
Firstly, we have the standard interior photography of her home which is thrilling because it takes us inside her lair, specifically her basement closet that she's designed to resemble something akin to 5th Avenue in "Easter Parade".
"Instead of just storing my things in the basement, I can make a street of shops and display them," Streisand says.
OK, just remember THIS IS HER BASEMENT. This is what Babs hides downstairs with the help. Tremendous.
Secondly, there's also a handful of portraits of Barbara taken by celebrity photographer and known button-pusher Terry Richardson. I mean, just look at this one of Babs in the crimson gown holding a single rose - clearly it's suitable for framing.
Finally, because Harper's Bazaar hasn't yet been obscene enough with this stunning coverage, they throw Jennifer Aniston into the mix and have her do an entire photo shoot invoking classic Barbara Streisand. These photos are by Mark Seliger.
If you add the three separate photo shoots (at least) together, this editorial cost somewhere north of ten zillion dollars. The amount of people required to do makeup, hair, styling, lighting, photography, art design, etc. is almost too wild to imagine, let alone considering that two of the world's most prominent women were the subjects.
Editorial photography is amazing and yet still beguiling when it combines all these disparate conceits and mashes them up into one big orgy of ego, fashion and aspirational fantasy. These ones are particularly insane and I can't stop looking at them. Happy Friday!