Scarlett Johansson isn’t the most likely person to portray Buster Keaton. But, then, such was the point of this portrait series, captured by Tim Walker and conceived over a boozy dinner in France last year. “We had just shot the Moët & Chandon ad campaign together,” recalls Johansson, “and we were sampling the product—excessively.” Somewhere around their third bottle, they agreed it would be fun to do a story based on cinematic icons. Photographed over 14 hours, it would eventually include such personas as Marlene Dietrich, Sarah Bernhardt, Giulietta Masina in Fellini’s La Strada, and the aforementioned Keaton. Elvis, who was at the top of Johansson’s wish list, was ultimately scrapped. “It just didn’t look appealing,” Walker explains—“appealingly beautiful or appealingly horrific.”—Karin Nelson
Johansson as Giulietta Masina in La Strada. Vintage hat and overcoat; Dries Van Noten’s silk jacket; Moschino’s cotton and silk top; Escada’s wool trousers.
As Marlene Dietrich. Oscar de la Renta’s silk tulle bolero; Yohji Yamamoto’s Tencel dress with silk and cotton detail; Dolce & Gabbana’s silk satin bodysuit. Erickson Beamon for Richard Nicoll earring, Cornelia James glove.
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Johansson as Sarah Bernhardt. Calvin Klein’s silk and twill coat; Viktor & Rolf’s organza and cotton blouse; Tao’s polyester, organdy, and cotton dress; Escada’s linen and viscose pants. Ellen Christine hat, Burberry belt.
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Hair by Orlando Pita for Orlo Salon; makeup by Val Garland; manicure by Yuna Park at Streeters. Set design by Rhea Thierstein; production by Anna Zantiotis for AND Production; printed by Touch Digital Ltd. Photography assistants: Emma Dalzell and Keith Coleman. Fashion assistants: Elle Campagna and Marina Munoz.