Wonderful Vintage photos of Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942)

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Portrait of Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz, 1942. Photo by Ernest Bachrach via

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Portrait of Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz, 1942. Photo by Ernest Bachrach via

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Portrait of Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz, 1942. Photo by Ernest Bachrach via

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Very Glamorous Judy Garland for “Presenting Lily Mars” (1943)

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Judy Garland was given the Hollywood “glamor treatment” for her role in Presenting Lily Mars, 1943 via

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Judy Garland was given the Hollywood “glamor treatment” for her role in Presenting Lily Mars, 1943 via

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Judy Garland was given the Hollywood “glamor treatment” for her role in Presenting Lily Mars, 1943 via

Amazing Vintage Photos of Helena Rubinstein’s New York salon (1945)

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Mala Rubinstein, leads a class of saleswomen, New York salon, 1945. Photo by Nina Leen via

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Mala Rubinstein, leads a class of saleswomen, New York salon, 1945. Photo by Nina Leen via

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Mala Rubinstein, leads a class of saleswomen, New York salon, 1945. Photo by Nina Lee via

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Mala Rubinstein, leads a class of saleswomen, New York salon, 1945. Photo by Nina Leen via

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Helena Rubinstein’s New York salon, 1945. Photo by Nina Leen via

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Helena Rubinstein’s New York salon, 1945. Photo by Nina Leen via

 

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Helena Rubinstein’s New York salon, 1945. Photo by Nina Leen via

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Helena Rubinstein’s New York salon, 1945. Photo by Nina Leen via

Gene Tierney in Film Noir Hit Laura (1944)

Laura is a 1944 American film noir produced and directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb.

In 1999, Laura was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. AFI named it one of the 10 best mystery films of all time, and it also appears on Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies” series.

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944 via

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944 via

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944 via

Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1946)

Notorious is a 1946 American spy film noir directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains as three people whose lives become intimately entangled during an espionage operation. It was shot in late 1945 and early 1946, and was released by RKO Radio Pictures in August 1946.

Notorious is considered by critics and scholars to mark a watershed for Hitchcock artistically, and to represent a heightened thematic maturity. His biographer, Donald Spoto, writes that:

 “Notorious is in fact Alfred Hitchcock’s first attempt—at the age of forty-six—to bring his talents to the creation of a serious love story, and its story of two men in love with Ingrid Bergman could only have been made at this stage of his life.”

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Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 via

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Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 via

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Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 via

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Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 via

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Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 via

 

Claire McCardell Wearing Amazing Dresses of Her Own Creation (1945)

Claire McCardell (May 24, 1905 – 1958) was an American fashion designer in the arena of ready-to-wear clothing in the 20th century. She is credited with the creation of American sportswear.

In 1942, McCardell created her famed “Popover Dress.” It was a response to a Harper’s Bazaar challenge to create something fashionable you could wear to clean the house and then wear to a cocktail party. The simple grey dress came with a matching potholder which fit into the dress’s pocket. The “Popover Dress” sold for $6.95 and over 75,000 were sold in the first season alone.

These dresses became a staple of McCardells collections and over time she made version in different lengths and fabrics. The “Popover Dress” received a citation from the American Fashion Critics Association and in 1943, McCardell won a Coty Award.

Beginning in 1945, McCardell was featured as an “American Look” designer by Lord & Taylor’s department store.  In 1946, McCardell won the Best Sportswear Designer Award and in 1948 she won the Neiman-Marcus Award.

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Claire McCardell in a Dress of her creation, 1945 via

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Claire McCardell in a Dress of her creation, 1945 via

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Claire McCardell in her Futuristic Dress (cut only of triangles), photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld, 1945 via