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Inside Fashion Photog Steven Meisel's Mid-Century in Trousdale

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Images via Architectural Digest

One of fashion photographer Steven Meisel's most famous shoots is the one he did for the Versace fall/winter 2000 collection, which featured models as Beverly Hills housewives, posing in the fabulous Hal Levitt-designed house in Trousdale Estates now owned by Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. The shoot helped Meisel fall in love with the neighborhood and he ended up buying his own mid-century modern on the very same street. The house was built in 1963 and designed by George MacLean; Meisel tells Architectural Digest "I was told it was built for a race-car driver and his model wife, which sounded just about right." The restoration pros at Marmol Radziner (recommended by Tom Ford, natch) "completely rebuilt" the place, adding 2,300 square feet "so that it zigzags along the top of the ridge in the same rhythm as the existing house." Brad Dunning designed the interiors and says "This house feels like anexperimental study in the essential nature of Trousdale."