A pair of Queen Victoria’s stockings and a detail of her monogram (a feature on all her undergarments). The stockings are made of hand-stitched silk and are believed to have been the Queen’s favourite design during the 1870s. Victoria wrote a description in her diary of an occasion in her early married life when Prince Albert knelt before her and rolled her stockings up her legs. She so enjoyed this moment that she also told her Prime Minister at the time, Lord Melbourne.
Too Young to Wed Herat, Afghanistan Photo: Stephanie Sinclair
A veil of gauze protects a patient named Zahara from flies in a burn ward in Herat, Afghanistan. Afghan women who set themselves on fire may do so to escape abuse at home, believing they will die instantly. Yet many linger on with terrible injuries.
"This dreamlike photo belies tragedy. Under the soft gauze is the hard reality of a burn ward in Afghanistan; child brides sometimes set themselves on fire to escape arranged marriages. Stephanie Sinclair’s poignant photograph speaks to her commitment to give a voice to those young women." —Chris Johns, Editor in Chief