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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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

Elegant Vintage Fashion Photos: 1950s Veiled Hats

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Irving Penn, Model Jean Patchett in black and white hat with veil, scarf and top, Vogue, 1950 via

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Jacques Fath, Hat with Veil, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1951 via

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Jacques Fath, Hat with Veil, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1951

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Lillian Marcuson in Lily Dache hat, photo by Milton Greene, 1951 via

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Mary Jane Russell photo by Larry Gordon, 1952 via

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Ivy Nicholson © Room wearing Givenchy’s stiff-veiled circlet, Photo Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Bettina Graziani Photo by Georges Dambier via

Vintage Photos of Glamorous 1950s Model Suzy Parker

When modeling agent Eileen Ford met the model Dorian Leigh’s fifteen-year-old redhead sister, in 1948, she ‘almost fainted with delight’. Suzy Parker became a prominent model of her times who, with her high dimpled cheeks, short flame hair and dark blue eyes, captured the attention of the most famous photographers such as Richard Avedon who believed ‘she was something else – a redheaded force of nature, a wolf in chic clothing, the one flesh-and-blood woman in a world of exquisite creatures’ (source).

Her modeling career reached its zenith during the 1950s. She appeared on the cover of dozens of magazines and in advertisements and starred in movie and television roles.

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Suzy Parker in Harpers Bazaar, wearing a little feathery hat. Photograph by Richard Avedon

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 Suzy Parker for Mauboussin, 1953. Photograph by Henry Clarke.

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Suzy Parker 1955 in Lillian Bassman’s photograph The V‐Back Evenings. Lillian Bassman/Harper’s Bazaar.

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Suzy Parker, Etole Leopard, Paris 1952. Photograph by Georges Dambier.

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Suzy Parker wears Dior Haute Couture. American Vogue, 1952. Photograph by Horst P. Horst.

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Stunning 1950s Fashion Photographs of Bettina Graziani

Simone Micheline Bodin (1925—), 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. She was associated with Pierre Balmain, Lucien Lelong, Jacques Fath, and Christian Dior, but most importantly with Givenchy, for whom she worked as a model and press agent.

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

In 1952 Hubert de Givenchy named his first collection after her; one of its designs, the Byronesque “Bettina” blouse, became a fashion icon in the early 1950s and inspired the bottle for the best-selling Givenchy parfum “Amarige.”.

She retired from modeling in 1955, after meeting prince Aly Khan. In 1960, Bettina, then pregnant with their child, survived the car accident that took the life of the prince; the shock of the accident would later result in a miscarriage. After Aly Khan’s death, Bettina wrote her memoir, Bettina par Bettina.

Givenchy Hat, Paris 1957. Frank Horvat and Bettina Graziani

Bettina Graziani, Paris 1957

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Bettina Graziani wearring Jacques Fath, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1950

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Bettina Graziani in Dior, 1953 by Henry Clarke

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 Bettina and Brigitte Bardot, photo by Georges Dambier, 1954

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Bettina Graziani by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1950

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Amazing French Fashion Photography by Georges Dambier

Georges Dambier was born in 1925 and was one of the first fashion photographers to take models out of the studio and into the streets. While he was still building and perfecting his craft, Dambier was hired by Helene Lazareff, director of ELLE, the fashion magazine, who encouraged him and gave him his first assignment as a fashion photographer.

During his career Dambier photographed amongst others: Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Errol Flynn, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Cocteau, ou Colette, mais aussi Bettina, Capucine and Suzy Parker.

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. 

Capucine for ELLE, Boulevard de la Madeleine, Paris,1952 by Georges Dambier

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Suzy Parker Shop Lanvin, for Elle 1952 by Georges Dambier

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Sophie Litvak and little dog, for Elle 1952 via 1stdibs