It didn't register until many years after the fact, that this was a jokey homage to Diana Vreeland. The navy blue hair, the cigarette holder, the scarlet fingernails~all a far cry from the prevailing fashions of 1963. It created quite a stir. Inside the magazine were further images of the same androgynous model, wearing a Vreeland- like mesh snood. Quite a sly gesture on the part of Avedon & Co, wouldn't you say?
Had DV left Bazaar by this time? I'll have to look that up...I think she defected to Vogue in '62. Avedon, you sly puss!