Ellen von Unwerth's "Fräulein"

NY Fashion Week is good timing for Taschen’s release of “Fräulein,” the 482-page trip through Ellen von Unwerth’s erotic “female fantasy land.” A model herself for the first decade of her career, Unwerth gained notoriety only when she stepped behind the lens. Her photography revisits past decades from the silent film era to the 1950s, and is often set in a bedroom, boudoir or late-night Parisian cafe-cabaret. She has been compared to Helmut Newton for her portrayal of women as powerful, strong and sexually aggressive, though her propensity for fetish, domination, whips, chains, strappy lingerie, high heels, lots of makeup and very little clothing goes somewhat beyond even Newton’s scope.

Her latest publication, “Fräulein,” features some of the sexiest female icons of our day including Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Vanessa Paradis, Dita von Teese, Carla Bruni, Eva Mendes and Monica Bellucci. With an introduction written by Vanity Fair‘s Ingrid Sischy, “Fräulein” is available only as an Art Edition, meaning it comes in a custom-made clamshell box with a limited edition print with an $1,800 price tag to match.