Joan Didion in Front of Her Yellow Stingway by Julian Wasser (1972)

Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) is an American journalist and writer of novels, screenplays, and autobiographical works. Didion is best known for her literary journalismand memoirs. In her novels and essays, Didion explores the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos; the overriding theme of her work is individual and social fragmentation.

At the peak of her career, her writing was recognized for its significance in defining and observing American subcultures for mainstream audiences. In 1968, The New York Times referred to her early work as containing “grace, sophistication, nuance, [and] irony.”

In 2005 she won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography for her book The Year of Magical Thinking. She later adapted the book into a play which premiered on Broadway in 2007.’

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Joan Didion in front of her yellow Stingway by Julian Wasser, 1972 via

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Joan Didion in front of her yellow Stingway by Julian Wasser, 1972 via

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Joan Didion by Julian Wasser, 1972 via

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Brigitte Bardot and her Musician Boyfriend Sacha Distel in St. Tropez (1958)

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Brigitte Bardot and Sacha Distel, St Tropez, France by Burt Glinn, 1958 via

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Brigitte Bardot and Sacha Distel, St Tropez, France by Burt Glinn, 1958 via

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Brigitte Bardot and Sacha Distel, St Tropez, France by Burt Glinn, 1958 via

 

Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday (1953)

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Portrait of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn for Roman Holiday directed by William Wyler, 1953 via

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Portrait of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn for Roman Holiday directed by William Wyler, 1953 via

Romy Schneider and Jean Claude Pascal by Claude Schwartz (1955)

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Portrait of Romy Schneider by Claude Schwartz, 1955 via

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Portrait of Romy Schneider and Jean Claude Pascal by Claude Schwartz, 1955 via

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Portrait of Romy Schneider and Jean Claude Pascal by Claude Schwartz, 1955 via

Vintage Portraits of British Princesses by Cecil Beaton

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Princess Elizabeth by Cecil Beaton, Gelatin silver print, Buckingham Palace, March 1945. Museum no. E.1361-2010, © V&A Images via

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Princess Margaret by Cecil Beaton bromide print, 1950 20 3/4 in. x 15 7/8 in. (527 mm x 403 mm) Purchased, 1987 NPG P349 © V&A Images via

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Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent by Cecil Beaton bromide print on white card mount, 1939 9 7/8 in. x 8 in. (252 mm x 203 mm) Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968 NPG x21151 © V&A Images via

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Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester by Cecil Beaton bromide print on white card mount, 1961 8 3/4 in. x 5 7/8 in. (223 mm x 150 mm) Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968
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Amazing Vintage Fashion Photography by George Platt Lynes (1940s)

George Platt Lynes (April 15, 1907 – December 6, 1955) was an American fashion and commercial photographer who worked in the 1930s and 1940s.

He developed close friendships within a larger circle of artists including Jean Cocteau and Julien Levy, the art dealer and critic. Levy would exhibit his photographs in his gallery in New York City in 1932 and Lynes would open his studio there that same year.

He was soon receiving commissions from Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, and Vogue including a cover with perhaps the first supermodel, Lisa Fonssagrives

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George Platt Lynes, Untitled, 1940s via

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George Platt Lynes, Lisa Fonssagrives for Marshall Field, 1940 via

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George Platt Lynes, Lisa for Henri Bendel, 1940-41 via

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George Platt Lynes, Evelyn Tripp, 1948 via

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George Platt Lynes, Fashion model in Lincoln Kirstein’s appartement, with Elie Nadelman sculpture, 1948 via

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George Platt Lynes, Untitled, 1940s via

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George Platt Lynes, Madame Grès, Evening gown with peplum, silk jersey, 1940 via