Bob Steffen stood out as a flamboyant star among the window dressers of stuffy, postwar Bern, Switzerland. His exuberant backdrops for furs, fabrics, and lingerie were the talk of the town—as was the globetrotting, nonconformist, gay bon vivant himself. Of humble origins, Steffen slept his way up as an upscale hustler/nude model into the jet set of the gay beau monde, blossoming into a successful decorator and central figure of Bern’s bohemian scene. Steffen left behind an extensive photographic archive of his life, which is the content for this fascinating publication. Designed in a magazine-like format with oversized spreads of black and white and color collaged images, the book brings back to life the forgotten art of window dressing and masquerade balls of the 1950s and 60s, and offers a look into Steffen’s world travels. In addition to the massive display of images, Steffen’s life is retraced in interviews and snippets of conversations.
9 ½ x 13 in. / 224 pp / Full b&w and color
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