Raquel Welch & Patrick Curtis 1967 Paris Wedding

For her second marriage (she was married to James Welch from 1959 to 1964), US actress  Raquel Welch wore a sexy crochet dress for her wedding to Hollywood producer Patrick Curtis. She teamed her dress with a three-quarter length white fur coat.

They married at the City Hall of Paris 8th district 14 February 1967.

They divorced in 1972. In 1980, she began a 10-year marriage to André Weinfeld. Welch wed Richard Palmer in 1999 but then separated from him in 2008. Welch has stated that she doesn’t intend to marry again.

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Raquel Welch wearing a crochet dress to her 1967 marriage to Patrick Curtis (1967).

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PARIS, FRANCE: US actress Raquel Welch and her new-wed husband US producer Patrick Curtis take a walk in Paris' streets 14 February 1967. They have married the same day at the City Hall of Paris 8th district. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Raquel Welch  walking the streets of Paris wearing a crochet dress after her marriage to Patrick Curtis (1967).
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Vikki Dougan a.k.a “The real Jessica Rabbit”

Throughout the 1950s model, actress and It girl Vikki Dougan (born 1929) was most famous for appearing at social events in a series of daring low-cutbackless dresses.

In 1953 publicity man Milton Weiss had the idea of promoting Vikki using the backless dresses to garner publicity. The idea was to gain a contrast with the fashion for models and actresses with large bosoms, such as Jayne Mansfield.

Throughout the 1950s she scandalized more respectable Hollywood society with her appearances in her daring backless dresses.

In 1953 photographer Ralph Crane photographed her extensively for Life Magazine. Their edition of October 26 featured her on the cover.

In the 1980s she got another claim to fame as the muse for cartoon pin up Jessica Rabbit.

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Vikki Dougan by Ralph Crane (1953)

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Vikki Dougan by Ralph Crane (1953)

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Vikki Dougan by Ralph Crane (1953)

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Vintage Photos of Gorgeous Dresses by Jacques Heim

French fashion designer and costume designer Jacques Heim (1899 – 1967) ran from 1930 to his death in 1967, the fashion house House of Jacques Heim, which closed in 1969.

Under the presidency of General de Gaulle, he was appointed designer of the general’s wife, Yvonne de Gaulle. His most prominent clients were Sophia Loren,Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Mamie Eisenhower and actress Gloria Swanson. In 1956, Heim made the bikini an international sensation when Brigitte Bardot wore one of his designs.

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Cristobal Balenciaga Coats photographed by Irving Penn

Cristóbal Balenciaga 1895 – 1972) opened his Paris couture house in 1937. He gained a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior. It was not until the post-war years that the full scale of the inventiveness became evident. In 1951, he totally transformed the silhouette, broadening the shoulders and removing the waist. In 1955, he designed the tunic dress, which later developed into the chemise dress of 1957. And eventually, in 1959, his work culminated in the Empire line, with high-waisted dresses and coats cut like kimonos.

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Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn wearing a mantel coat by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Photo: Irving Penn.

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Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn wearing a Balenciaga Coat, Paris. Photo: Irving Penn.

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Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn wearing  Cristobal Balenciaga, Little Great Coat. Photo: Irving Penn (1950)

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Cristobal Balenciaga, “Balenciaga sleeve”. Photo: Irving Penn (1951)

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Marisa Berenson in Valentino by Henry Clarke (1968)

Marisa Berenson was born in New York City in 1947. Her maternal grandmother was the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Berenson had risen to prominence in the early 1960s and would later appear on the cover of the July 1970 issue of Vogue and in numerous fashion layouts for the magazine. Yves Saint Laurent once dubbed her “the girl of the Seventies”.

Eventually she was cast in several prominent film roles amongst others the Jewish department store heiress Natalia Landauer in the 1972 film Cabaret, for which she received some acclaim (including two Golden Globe nominations, a BAFTAnomination and an award from the National Board of Review).

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American actress and model Marisa Berenson wearing a white organdy Valentino dress photographed by Vogue photographer Henry Clarke, in Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment in 1968.

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American actress and model Marisa Berenson wearing a white organdy Valentino dress photographed by Vogue photographer Henry Clarke, in Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment in 1968.

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American actress and model Marisa Berenson wearing a white organdy Valentino dress photographed by Vogue photographer Henry Clarke, in Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment in 1968.

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Marilyn Monroe – The Last Sitting – by Bert Stern (1962)

Self-taught American commercial photographer Bert Stern (1929-2013) is best known for The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500 photographs taken for Vogue of Marilyn Monroe in 1962. The photo shoot took place at the Bel Air Hotel for a three-day period just six weeks before her death. The book The Last Sitting was published in 1982 and again in 2000.

During his career he also photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan (recreating The Last Sitting), among others, in addition to his work for advertising and travel publications.

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