A Collection of Horst P. Horst Classics (1930s)

Horst P. Horst (1906 – 1999) was a German-American fashion photographer. His first exhibition took place at La Plume d’Or in Paris in 1932. It was reviewed by Janet Flanner in The New Yorker, and this review, which appeared after the exhibition ended, made Horst instantly prominent.

Horst made a portrait of Bette Davis the same year, the first in a series of public figures he would photograph during his career. Within two years, he had photographed Noël Coward, Yvonne Printemps, Lisa Fonssagrives, Count Luchino Visconti di Madrone, Duke Fulco di Verdura, Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg, Princess Natalia Pavlovna Paley, Daisy Fellowes, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, Cole Porter, Elsa Schiaparelli, and others like Eve Curie.

Horst rented an apartment in New York City in 1937, and while residing there met Coco Chanel, whom Horst called “the queen of the whole thing”. He would photograph her fashions for three decades.

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Horst P. Horst, Mainbocher Corset, 1939 via

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Horst P. Horst Classics, Lisa with Harp, 1939 via

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Horst P. Horst Classics, Coco Chanel, Paris, 1937 via

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Horst P. Horst Classics, Still Life, 1937 via

A Collection of Vintage Photos Feat. 1920s Wedding Dresses

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Ruth Schneider, 1924 via

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Bride from New York, 1920 via

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 Chanel wedding dress worn by Betty Garst, circa 1929 via

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Wedding The daughter of the Bolivian minister to France in a Patou-designed wedding gown, 1929 via

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Edwina Ehrman, c. 1926.  via

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Princess Anne of Orléans, Nov. 5, 1927 via

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Bride, 1920s via

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 Famous Silent Film Actress R Lya Marain Elaborate Bride Costume, 1920s via

 

Coco Chanel in Her Atelier Dressing Romy Schneider (1962)

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Shahrock Hatami, Coco Chanel and Romy Schneider, 1962 via

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Shahrock Hatami, Coco Chanel and Romy Schneider, 1962 via

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Shahrock Hatami, Coco Chanel and Romy Schneider, 1962 via

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Shahrock Hatami, Coco Chanel and Romy Schneider, 1962 via

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Shahrock Hatami, Coco Chanel and Romy Schneider, 1962 via

00/00/1960. Coco Chanel and Romy Schneider.

Shahrock Hatami, Coco Chanel and Romy Schneider, 1962 via

Gloria Swanson Wearing Chanel in Tonight or Never (1931)

Tonight or Never is a 1931 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Gloria Swanson and featuring Boris Karloff. Nella Vargo (Swanson) is a Hungarian prima donna whose latest performances include singing Tosca in Venice. Although she is praised by the audience, her music teacher Rudig feels that she can not be the greatest opera singer in history until she performs in New York City. When she is criticized for not putting her soul into the song, she gets mad, until she suddenly notices a mysterious man walking on the street. She becomes smitten with the man, until Rudig claims that he is a gigolo whose latest client is Marchesa Bianca San Giovanni, a former diva with a notorious past.

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Gloria Swanson in Tonight or Never directed by Mervyn LeRoy, 1931. Dress by Coco Chanel via

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Gloria Swanson in Tonight or Never directed by Mervyn LeRoy, 1931. Dress by Coco Chanel via

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Gloria Swanson in Tonight or Never directed by Mervyn LeRoy, 1931. Dress by Coco Chanel via