Robert Burke and Slim Aarons

Charles and Georgia Kaufmann

Tobie Roosevelt and
Nancy Baker

Beth Rudin DeWoody

Celebrated Photog Slim Aarons
Signs Books For His Many Fans

Story by Roger Webster
Photos by Patrick McMullan

EW YORK’S premiere specialty retailer Bergdorf Goodman celebrated renowned postwar style and celebrity photographer Slim Aarons in the Hickey Freeman boutique on the second floor of their men’s store.

Eighty-eight year-old Slim sold out his supply as he feverishly signed books for friends and admirers who braved a blizzard to meet the man who has photographed everyone from Katherine Hepburn to the Kennedys and Laurence Olivier to Truman Capote.

Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr., aka Tobie Roosevelt, with sister Nancy Baker and brother-in-law Harold d’O. Baker, arrived in a buffed black London taxicab, from the chic London Towncars company, driven by a chauffeur decked out in perfect black livery.

Tobie wanted to amuse Slim since they have been friends since he photographed her in 1958.

Others who braved the weather were Le Cirque owner Sirio Maccioni, designers Francisco Costa and Thom Browne, Michèle Gerber Klein, CeCe Cord, Anne Hearst, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Bergdorf’s Robert Burke, Chris Meigher, Annie Churchill, Fabian Basabe, interior designers Lisa Jackson, Catherine Aaron, Stephen Siegel and John Barman, Madison Avenue jewelers Georgia and Charles Kaufmann, Ashley Schiff, Royce Pinkwater, Colin Lively, Carmen D’Alessio and Sydney Shuman.

Slim Aarons, who lives in Bedford, New York, is acknowledged as one of the most influential photographers of his generation.

During World War II he served as a combat photographer for Yank magazine. Later he photographed for such magazines Holiday, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, Look and Life.

Legendary magazine editor Frank Zachary commissioned many of the photographs in this book for Holiday and Town & Country. In 1997 Getty Images signed on to represent the Slim Aarons collection and now serves as the primary curator of his work.

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