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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Beautiful Vintage Portraits of Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon (1950s)

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Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon, 1953 via

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Gloria Vanderbilt in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, 1955 via

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Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, 1955 via

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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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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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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