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Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg Go to the Movies for Harper’s Bazaar


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Photo: Mark Seliger for Harper's Bazaar

Diane von Furstenberg perfectly plays Mrs. Robinson to Prabal Gurung's Benjamin.

Grab your popcorn—the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar goes to the movies with director Mike Nichols, staging a fashion spread inspired by iconic scenes from his films. Winona Ryder joins designers like Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg in photos by Mark Seliger.

The scenes capture the one-two punch of Nichols’s first two films, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate, along with his 1988 classic Working Girl.

Jacobs and Ryder face off as Virginia Woolf’s George and Martha, Ryder shrieking with glass in hand. Although Jacobs cringes, Ryder wasn’t lashing into him. “It was actually difficult to yell at Marc,” she said, “because all I could think of to yell was how much I love him.”

(Ryder seems to be relishing another portrayal of a dark character, as she did in Black Swan. Any chance Nichols is looking for a beautiful villain?)

In an accompanying video on the Harper’s Bazaar Web site, Jacobs revealed, “I like things that are quite psychologically disturbing and the tension between people in a relationship.”

He told the magazine, “I've seen the movie about 100 times. I have George and Martha tattooed on my arm."

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Photo: Mark Seliger for Harper's Bazaar

A scream! Winona Ryder and Marc Jacobs reenact a classic scene from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Next, a slinky von Furstenberg embodies The Graduate’s Mrs. Robinson opposite the fresh-faced Prabal Gurung. Wearing a black camisole, gartered stockings, and a skirt from her Spring 2011 collection, von Furstenberg gives Gurung a meltingly seductive gaze and undoes his tie.

“I love Prabal. It was so easy to seduce him. He’s adorable,” she said. For his part, Gurung told the magazine, “I got to see Diane undressing. What more could I ask for?”

From bedroom to boardroom, the spread then jumps to Working Girl, for which Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the designers behind Marchesa, channel the Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith roles.

The two wear strong-shouldered, nipped-waist power suits. “It’s the first time I’ve had hair this big,” chuckled Craig in the behind-the-scenes video. “When I was a kid I had big hair but never this big.”

What you didn’t see: Nichols’s EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards). Maybe next time?

For more photos, go to harpersbazaar.com/mikenichols. The Harper’s Bazaar issue hits newsstands February 22.


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