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

Ivy Nicholson in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble (1952)

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Ivy Nicholson in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Ivy Nicholson in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

Gorgeous Vintage Sculptural Dresses By Charles James (1950)

Charles James (1906 – 1978) was a British-born fashion designer known as “America’s First Couturier”. He is widely considered to have been a master of cutting and is known for his highly structured aesthetic

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Charles James, Dresses, photographed by Eliot Elisonfon, 1950

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Charles James, Dresses, photographed by Eliot Elisonfon, 1950

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Charles James, Dresses, photographed by Eliot Elisonfon, 1950

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Charles James, Dresses, photographed by Eliot Elisonfon, 1950

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Charles James, Dresses, photographed by Eliot Elisonfon, 1950

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

Amazing Vintage Photos of Fashion Models Wearing Givenchy (1952)

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Ivy Nicholson in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Ivy Nicholson, Sophie Malgat and Bettina Graziani in Givenchy’s interchangeable tops and skirts, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Ivy Nicholson, Sophie Malgat and Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Tops en Skirts, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via