A Very Stylish Bettina Graziani by Frank Horvat (1958)

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Bettina Graziani by Frank Horvat, 1958 via
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Bettina Graziani by Frank Horvat, 1958 via
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Bettina Graziani by Frank Horvat, 1958 via

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 via

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

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

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Cristobal Balenciaga, Coat. Photo: Irving Penn, 1951 via

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

Amazing Vintage Photos of Fashion Models Wearing Givenchy (1952)

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Ivy Nicholson in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Ivy Nicholson, Sophie Malgat and Bettina Graziani in Givenchy’s interchangeable tops and skirts, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Ivy Nicholson, Sophie Malgat and Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Tops en Skirts, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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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Jacques Heim, 1964 via

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Jacques Heim, 1960 via

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Jacques Heim, 1959 via

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Jacques Heim, 1959 via

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Jacques Heim, 1956 via

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Jacques Heim, 1956 via

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Jacques Heim, 1956 via

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Jacques Heim, 1952 via

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Jacques Heim, 1951 via

Fashion Photopgraphs by Vogue Photographer Eugene ‘Gene’ Vernier

Eugene ‘Gene’ Vernier (1920–2011) worked as a fashion photographer for British Vogue  from 1954 to 1967, during one of the most exciting periods in fashion history.

Shooting of-the-moment looks from the likes of Christian Dior and Emilio Pucci and top models including Celia Hammond, Jean Shrimpton, and current Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, Vernier worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Yet he was relatively unconcerned with celebrity. Interested only in bringing out the very best in each frame, Vernier was a true craftsman in the fashion photography trade (source).

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Margaret Phillips photographed by Eugene Vernier for Vogue, 1956 via

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Tania Mallet in a Canadian Pearl Mutation mink with wide set-in sleeves and huge square collar from the National Fur Co. Photographed by Vernier for Vogue UK, August 1961 via
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Judy Dent in maize-yellow mohair sweater in a fine boucle twist with own belt by Bernhard Altmann. Photographed by Vernier for Vogue, 1959 via

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June Clarke in lilac and white barley-corn tweed suit by Hardy Amies, white straw hat by Rose Vernier (no relation). Photographed by Eugene Vernier for Vogue, 1956 via
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June Clarke and Joy Weston pose with Afghan hound. Photographed by Eugene Vernier, for Vogue, 1956 via
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Jean Shrimpton Photographed by Vernier via
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Joy Weston photographed for Vogue, 1957 via
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A young Jean Shrimpton poses in wedding gown with wooden mannequin on the bank of the Seine in Paris. Photographed by Vernier for Jardin des Modes, c.1961 via
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Penny Knowles in studio fashion photo by Vernier, c. 1958 via