The Lavish World of High Society Debutantes by Slim Aarons (1950s)

Five Debutantes by Slim Aarons, November 1951. Five members of the Debutante Cotillion rehearse for the Christmas Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Clockwise from the bottom: Ann Firestone, Venetia Arlen, Mary Audrey Weicker, Sarane Hickox and Peggy Hitchcock via

New York Debutante by Slim Aarons. American model Jean Patchett wearing an outfit by Saks Fifth Avenue, circa 1955 via

‘Last-minute Adjustments’ by Slim Aarons, circa 1955. A young woman has last-minute adjustments made to her dress at a debutante ball via

Debutante Cotillion by Slim Aarons, 1958. In the main ballroom of the Copley Plaza, Boston debutantes in floor length white gowns and long white gloves are accompanied by their fathers as they present themselves to the awaiting patronesses. The fathers bow and the daughters curtsey and so the debutantes are accepted into society. Image provided by Getty Images via

Debs On Parade by Slim Aarons, 1958. A debutante ball held at the Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts. Image provided by Getty Images via

Debutante Ball by Slim Aarons, 1958. A debutante ball held at the Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts via

Debutante Cotillion by Slim Aarons, 1958. Debutantes and their escorts on the dance floor at the Debutante Cotillion at the Copley Plaza hotel, Boston, Massachusetts. Image provided by Getty Images via

A Collection of Vintage Photos feat. Actress Ethel Warwick (1882-1951)

Ethel  Warwick (1882 – 1951) was the daughter of Frank and Maude, born in Hardingstone, Northampton. Her education began in Margate and Hampstead, but by the early 1890’s she was studying to become an artist at the London Polytechnic.

She became an artists model to help pay her tuition there, which led to her meeting Herbert Draper, who used her as a model for several of his paintings, including The Lament for Icarus. Through him she became a favoured model for several artists, including John William Godward, who painted several portraits of her, and Linley Sambourne, for whom she posed nude in a series of photographic studies. She was also sketched by James McNeill Whistler.

She began training as an actress at Henry Neville’s acting school in the late 1890’s, and first appeared on stage at the Grande Theatre in Fulham in July 1900 as Emilie de L’Esparre in The Corsican Brothers. She later appeared in several films.

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Ethel Warwick published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd bromide postcard print, © National Portrait Gallery, London, circa 1906 via

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Ethel Warwick by Reautlinger via

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Ethel Warwick by Reautlinger via

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Ethel Warwick, 1900 via

Vera Fokina in Scheherazade (1914)

Vera Fokina (1886-1958) was a Russian-American ballerina. In 1906 she married the groundbreaking Russian choreographer and dancer Michel Fokine.

The ballet Scheherazade premiered on June 4th 1910, at the Opéra Garnier in Paris by the Ballets Russes. The choreography for the ballet was by Michel Fokine and the libretto was from Fokine and Léon Bakst.

The Ballet Russes’ Scheherazade is known for its traditionally dazzling costumes, opulent scenery, and erotic choreography and narrative which was rarely seen in ballets of the time.

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Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via

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Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via

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Vera Fokina in Scheherazade at Kungliga Operan, 1914 via

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Hazel Lavery by E.O. Hoppé (1916)

Hazel, Lady Lavery (1880–1935) was a socialite, actress and painter. She was the second wife of portrait artist Sir John Lavery.

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Hazel Lavery by E.O. Hoppé gelatin silver print, 1916 © 2019 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc. (NPG) via

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Hazel Lavery by E.O. Hoppé gelatin silver print, 1916 © 2019 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc. NPG via