Beautifully Documented 1950s Fashion and Glamour by Slim Aarons

American photographer Slim Aarons (1916 – 2006), was an noted for photographing socialites, jet-setters and celebrities.

Aarons never used a stylist, or a makeup artist. He made his career out of what he called

“photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.”

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Slim Aarons ‘Tina Onassis’ Monte Carlo (Estate Stamped Edition) 1958 via

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‘Evening Dress’ by Slim Aarons Mrs. Augustus G. Paine II at the house of her father, Earl E. T. Smith, wearing an evening dress by Luis Estevez, USA, circa 1955 via

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‘New York Chic’ by Slim Aarons A young woman modelling a belted dress with pencil skirt, New York City, June 1953 via

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‘Exclusive Fashions’ by Slim Aarons Mrs T.R. Potter and Mrs Edward Magnus (right) in the Saks of 5th Avenue dress shop, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1955 via

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‘Saks Fashion Show’ (Estate Stamped Edition) by Slim Aarons. An evening dress being modelled at a fashion show held by Saks of Fifth Avenue, New York. The audience, who are in evening dress, are also being wined and dined, 1955 via

Very Sophisticated Fashion Photography by Georges Dambier

Georges Dambier did not conform to the standard technique of taking fashion pictures, with models standing emotionless and seemingly indifferent to the camera. Instead, he showed models smiling, laughing and often in action. His models were surrounded by local people in a market place in Marrakech, or in a village in Corsica, or – and above all – in his beloved Paris.

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Georges Dambier Marie Helene Arnaud the red fish Magazine Elle 1957 via

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Georges Dambier Girl umbrella Concorde Place via

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Sophie Malgat Litvak in Jacques Fath Coat, photographed by George Dambier for ELLE, 1953 via

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Portrait of Brigitte Bardot by Georges Dambier, 1954 via

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Georges Dambier Marie Helene Arnaud, Antibes Mirror  via

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Ivy Nicholson in Jacques Fath Dress, photographed by Georges Dambier for Nouveau Femina, 1954 via

Amazing Photographic Portraits of Dora Maar by Man Ray (1936)

Dora Maar (1907 – 1997) was a French photographer, painter, and poet. She was a lover and muse of Pablo Picasso.

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Portrait of Dora Maar by Man Ray, 1936 via

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Portrait of Dora Maar by Man Ray, 1936 via

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Portrait of Dora Maar by Man Ray, 1936 via

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Portrait of Dora Maar by Man Ray, 1936 via

Amazing Still lifes by Edward Weston

Edward Weston (1886 – 1958) was one of the most innovative and influential American photographers. He was also a great still life photographer.

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Edward Weston, Eggplant on Plate via

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Edward Weston, Artichoke, Halved, 1930 via

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Edward Weston, Cabbage Leaf, 1931 via

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Edward Weston, Dunes, Oceano, California, 1936 via

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Edward Weston, Clouds, Death Valley, 1938 via

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Edward Weston, Cypress, Point Lobos, 1944 via

The First Modern Fashion Photography Shoot: Paul Poiret by Edward Stechein (1911)

In 1911, publisher Lucien Vogel dared photographer Edward Steichen to promote fashion as a fine art in his work. Steichen responded by snapping photos of gowns designed by leading French fashion designer Paul Poiret, hauntingly backlit and shot at inventive angles.

The photographs were published in the April 1911 issue of the magazine Art et Décoration. According to historian Jesse Alexander, the occasion is:

“now considered to be the first ever modern fashion photography shoot,”

The garments were imaged as much for their artistic quality as their formal appearance

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Edward Steichen, L’Art de la Robe by Paul Poiret in Art et Décoration, 1911 via

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Edward Steichen, L’Art de la Robe by Paul Poiret in Art et Décoration, 1911 via

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Edward Steichen, L’Art de la Robe by Paul Poiret in Art et Décoration, 1911 via

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Edward Steichen, L’Art de la Robe by Paul Poiret in Art et Décoration, 1911 via

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Edward Steichen, L’Art de la Robe by Paul Poiret in Art et Décoration, 1911 via

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Edward Steichen, L’Art de la Robe by Paul Poiret in Art et Décoration, 1911 via

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Edward Steichen, L’Art de la Robe by Paul Poiret in Art et Décoration, 1911 via

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Edward Steichen, L’Art de la Robe by Paul Poiret in Art et Décoration, 1911 via

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Edward Steichen, L’Art de la Robe by Paul Poiret in Art et Décoration, 1911 via

Beautiful Turn of the Century Postcards by Rita Martin

Rita Martin (1875-1958) started her photographic career in 1897 when she helped her elder sister Lallie Charles to run her studio. In 1906 she opened her own studio, working in a similar studio to Charles, photographing subjects in pale colours against a pure white background, and focused on actresses such as Lily Elsie and Lily Brayton and child studies, particularly of Gladys Cooper’s two children.

Martin’s and Charles’ few surviving negatives were presented to the National Portrait Gallery by their niece Lallie Charles Martin in 1994.

NPG x131516; Dame Gladys Cooper by Rita Martin, published by  J. Beagles & Co

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

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Dame Gladys Cooper

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

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Lily Elsie (Mrs Bullough)

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1907. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

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Lily Elsie (Mrs Bullough)

by Rita Martin, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1907. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

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Lily Brayton as Katherine in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

by Rita Martin
postcard print, 1904. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

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Lily Brayton as Katherine in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

by Rita Martin
postcard print, 1904. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

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Nora Kerin in ‘The Prince and the Beggarmaid’

by Rita Martin, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1908. © National Portrait Gallery, London via

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Nora Kerin in ‘The Prince and the Beggarmaid’

by Rita Martin, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1908. © National Portrait Gallery, London via