Paul Newman on a Watertaxi (1963)

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American actor and Hollywood star and icon – Paul Newman, looking handsome and beautiful as ever and ultra cool, wearing a tuxedo and a bow tie, during a trip on a water taxi, a sailor cap on the dashboard, Venice 1963 via

Dovima and the Leopard by Richard Avedon (1950)

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Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing a Leopard fur coat by Bernham-Stein, 1950 via

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Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper’s Bazaar, 1950 via

Late Victorian Fancy Dress: The Devonshire House Ball in 1897

The Devonshire House Costume Ball of 1897 was one of the most anticipated social events of 1897. To stress the importance of th magnificent affair, the London Photographic Firm Lafayette was invited to take studio-style photographs of the guests in their costumes, which ranged from mythical goddesses, figures from paintings, and historical kings and queens.

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The Duke of York, later King George V (1865-1936), as “The Queen’s Champion” and the Duchess of York, later Queen Mary (1867-1953)  as “a Lady at the Court of Marguerite de Valois” at the Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball, 1897 via

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Frances Evelyn (Daisy), the countess of Warwick, chose Marie Antoinette as her costume for the elegant and highly anticipated evening. The costume, made by Worth of Paris, was studded with real diamonds and used both gold and antique lace via

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Lady Randolph Churchill (1854-1921), née Jennie Jerome in a Worth Parisian Costume, as Empress Theodora, while attending the Devonshire House Ball, 1897 via

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Consuelo Marlborough (née Vanderbilt), dressed for the Devonshire House Ball, 1897 via

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Mary Teresa (‘Daisy’) (Cornwallis-West), Princess of Pless dressed as Queen of Sheba for the Devonshire House Ball via

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Miss Goelet as Scheherazade via

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The ethereal beauty of Mrs J Graham Menzies in the role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies via

Evelyn Nesbit by Otto Sarony (1901)

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Otto Sarony, Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit, 1901 via

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Otto Sarony, Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit, 1901 via

1950s Supermodel Bettina in Jacques Fath

Simone Micheline Bodin (1925-2015), known professionally as Bettina or Bettina Graziani, became one of the century’s first supermodels, rivalled in the forties only by the “English beauty” Barbara Goalen. Before becoming a model she was described as:

“…a freckle-faced rail worker’s daughter from Brittany”

She was renamed and recreated by Jacques Fath, who told her:

“We already have a Simone; you look to me like a Bettina”

Bettina was invited by Christian Dior to join his fashion house which she refused, choosing instead to work for Fath.

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Jacques Fath in studio with Bettina Graziani, 1950 via

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Bettina Graziani in Jacques Fath Dress, 1949 via

Amazing Double Images of Suzy Parker by Gjon Mili (1948)

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Gjon Mili, double image of Suzy Parker modelling skirt, jacket & hat in fabric printed to look like ocelot, New York, 1948  via

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Gjon Mili, double image of Suzy Parker modelling skirt, jacket & hat in fabric printed to look like ocelot, New York, 1948 via

Jean Patchett at the Museum of Modern Art by Nina Leen (1948)

Jean Patchett (1926 – 2002) was a leading fashion model of the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. She was among the best known models of that era, which included Dovima, Dorian Leigh, Suzy Parker, Evelyn Tripp and Lisa Fonssagrives.

She was famous for being one of the first high-fashion models to appear remote; previously, models had appeared warm and friendly.

During her career, she appeared on over 40 magazine covers. Patchett modeled for brands including Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Revlon.

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Nina Leen, Jean Patchett, Life, 1949 via

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Nina Leen, Jean Patchett, Life, 1949 via

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Nina Leen, Jean Patchett, Life, 1949 via

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Nina Leen, Jean Patchett, Life, 1949 via