Elegant Diana Vreeland Study for portrait by William Acton (1930s)

Diana Vreeland (1903 – 1989), was a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion. She worked for the fashion magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and as a special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1964.

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Diana Vreeland. William Acton. DIAN VREELAND PRIVATE COLLECTION.
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Diana Vreeland. William Acton. DIAN VREELAND PRIVATE COLLECTION.
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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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Dovima – Richard Avedon´s Muse

Dovima (1927-1990) was reputed to be the highest-paid model of her time. Richard Avedon (1923 – 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that:

“his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century”

Dovima was the muse of Richard Avedon who depicted her, in a legendary photograph posing in a Christian Dior evening dress with elephants from the Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, in 1955.

In 2010, a record price of £719,000 was achieved at Christie’s for a unique seven-foot-high print of the photo. This particular print, the largest of this image, was made in 1978 for Avedon’s fashion retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and was bought by Maison Christian Dior.

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Dovima, dress by Claire McCardell, Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt, January 1951

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Richard Avedon, Dovima dress by Claire McCardell, Egypt, January 1952

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

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Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper’s Bazaar, 1950

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Richard Avedon, Dovima, evening dress by Jacques Fath, Paris, August 1950.

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Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton (1956)

British photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) became famous for his beautiful portraits of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor ect.

Although associated with Vogue though most of his career, Beaton’s Monroe portfolio appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, for whom he worked in the mid 1950s. It was whilst in New York for the rehearsals and premiere of My Fair Lady that Beaton photographed Monroe. With a possibility that he would be the designer of Monroe’s dresses for The Prince and The Showgirl, Beaton arranged a photography sitting in his suite in the Ambassador Hotel on 22 February 1956. Pfizenmaier, Beaton’s assistant, noted that Monroe did her own make-up and ‘came just by herself, with these two little dresses… it was as simple as that.’ Beaton recalled ‘She romps, she squeals with delight, she leaps on the sofa. She puts a flower stem in her mouth… It is an artless, impromptu, high-spirited, infectiously gay performance. It will probably end in tears.’ The session produced one of Monroe’s favourite portraits which hung in her New York apartment that she shared with her third husband Arthur Miller (source).

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Gorgeus 1950s Vintage Fashion Photography

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‘Black and White’, Mary Jane Russell, Le Pavillon, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, 1950 by Lillian Bassman

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Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker wearing Givenchy, 1952

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Carmen Dell’Orefice in Paris, 1950s, photo by Richard Avedon

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Dorian Leigh wearing Madame Grés by Henry Clarke in 1955

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By Night, Shining Wool and Towering Heel. Evelyn Tripp, New York, Harper´s Bazaar, 1954 photo Lillian Bassman

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Traina-Norell dress 1957, photo by Karen Radkai (model could be Sunny Harnett)

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Ilse Bing (1899 – 1998) – Pioneering Images

The German avant-garde and commercial photographer produced pioneering monochrome images during the inter-war era.

Her move from Frankfurt to the burgeoning avant-garde and surrealist scene in Paris in 1930 marked the start of the most notable period of her career. She produced images in the fields of photojournalism, architectural photography, advertising and fashion, and her work was published in magazines such as Le Monde IllustreHarper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Respected for her use of daring perspectives, unconventional cropping, use of natural light, and geometries, she also discovered a type of solarisation for negatives independently of a similar process developed by the artist Man Ray.

She remained in Paris for ten years, but in the shadow of World War II, she and her husband immigrated to New York City in 1941. There, she had to re-establish her reputation, and got steady work in portraiture. By 1947, Bing came to the realization that New York had revitalized her art. Her style was very different; the softness that characterized her work in the 1930s gave way to hard forms and clear lines, with a sense of harshness and isolation. This was indicative of how Bing’s life and worldview had been changed by her move to New York and the war-related events of the 1940s.

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Ilse Bing, Cancan Dancer, Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1931

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Ilse Bing. Gold Lamé Shoes for Harpers Bazaar, 1935

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 Ilse Bing. Self Portrait, Canal Saint Martin, Paris

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Ilse Bing. Solarized Clocks, Paris, 1934

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1950s Fashion Model Dovima – Vintage Photographs

Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba (1927 – 1990), later known as Dorothy Horan, and best known as Dovima, was an American model during the 1950s.

Born in New York City, Dovima was discovered on a sidewalk in New York by an editor at Vogue, and had a photo shoot with Irving Penn the following day. She worked closely with Richard Avedon, whose photograph of her in a floor-length black evening gown with circus elephants—”Dovima with the Elephants” —taken at the Cirque d’hiver, Paris, in August 1955, has become an icon. The gown was the first evening dress designed for Christian Dior by his new assistant, Yves Saint-Laurent.

Dovima was reputed to be the highest-paid model of her time. She had a role in Funny Face (Paramount, 1957) as an aristocratic-looking, but empty-headed, fashion model with a Jackson Heights whine.

Dovima gave birth to a daughter named Allison on July 14, 1958, in Manhattan. Allison’s father is Dovima’s second husband, Allan Murray.

She died of liver cancer on May 3, 1990 at the age of 62.

 

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Richard Avedon, Dovima in a Hattie Carnegie suit and hat, with actor Ray Bolger, Harper’s Bazaar, 1957

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