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Marine snails of the genus Xenophora collect shells, rocks, and other debris from their environment. They attach these objects to their shells at intervals during the shell’s growth. Sometimes it creates a neat radiating pattern; sometimes the effect is more that of a jumble of debris. The result for us in any case is that their collections become little samplings of a variety of faraway underwater realms.

(Source: zymoglyphic.org)

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Nicki Minaj featured in W magazine transformed by Francesco Vezzoli. Director of photography: Pasquale Abbattista. Styled by Edward Enninful. Hair by Terrence Davidson at I.A.T. Management. Makeup by Aaron de Mey for Lancôme at Art Partner. Set design by Stefan Beckman at Exposure NY.

 

1 - Nicki Minaj as Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise de Montespan

Dior Haute Couture’s silk embroidered ensemble. Saint Vintage brass and vintage Czech glass bead necklace (in hair); David Yurman 18k yellow gold and pearl necklace.

Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise de Montespan by Elle Louis-Ferdinand.

 

2 - Nicki Minaj as Marie Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry

Dior Haute Couture’s silk chiffon embroidered dress. Mastoloni 18k white gold, cultured pearl, and diamond bracelets; vintage Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Marie Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry by Francois-Hubert Drouais.

 

3 - Nicki Minaj as Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour

Western Costume Company’s lace and silk brocade dress. Mastoloni 18k white gold, cultured pearl, and diamond bracelets.

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour by François Boucher.

 

4 - Nicki Minaj as Madame Barbe de Rimsky-Korsakov.

Vera Wang’s garza and French tulle ballgown.

Madame Barbe de Rimsky-Korsakov by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.

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