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by on October 24, 2011

Fresh off schooling Rihanna in court for rather blatantly knocking off his work for her “S&M” music video, David LaChapelle was honored by London’s National Portrait Gallery for his iconic photo of the late Alexander McQueen and his muse, the late Isabella Blow, “Burning Down the House.”

LaChapelles McQueen and Blow House Fire Inducted into National Portrait Gallery

First appearing as part of Vanity Fair‘s March 1997 “Swinging London” feature, the portrait was acquired with the help of Daphne Guinness, a close friend of both McQueen and Blow. La Chapelle and Guinness were in London last week for the induction ceremony. [DLC.com]

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Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail