Vintage French Millinery by Jean Barthet

Jean Barthet (1920–2000) was a French milliner who first rose to prominence in the 1950s as hat maker to Hollywood and French film stars, also designing hats for films such as The Young Girls of Rochefort.

He helped to define fashionable hat styles – including the bucket hat, pillbox hat and fedora – that predominated throughout the 1960s and collaborated with major couture houses.

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Jean Barthet, Hat, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1955 via

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Denise Sarrault in Jean Barthet Beret, photographed by Georges Saad, 1957 via

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Capucine in Jean Barthet, Hat, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1950s via

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Brigitte Bardot in Jean Barthet Hat, 1961 via

Stunning Anne Gunning in Cristobal Balenciaga Coats (1954)

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Anne Gunning in Cristobal Balenciaga Dress and Coat, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1954

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Anne Gunning in Cristobal Balenciaga Coat, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1954

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Vintage Photos of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor at La Fiorentina Vacation (1967)

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton by Henry Clarke, La Fiorentina, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 1967 via

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton by Henry Clarke, La Fiorentina, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 1967 via

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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor playing gin while on vacation at La Fiorentina, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 1967. Photo by Henry Clarke via

Stunning Valentino Haute Couture (1960s)

By the mid-1960s, Valentino was a favorite designer of the world’s best-dressed women.

Valentino’s international debut took place in 1962, at the Pitti Palace in Florence. The show cemented the designer’s reputation and attracted the attention of socialites and aristocratic women from around the world. Within a few years, Valentino’s designs were considered the pinnacle of Italian couture. In 1967, he received the prestigious Neiman Marcus Fashion Award.

His client list included the Begum Aga Khan, Queen Paola of Belgium and movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Jacqueline Kennedy developed an interest in the designer’s work after admiring friends in several Valentino ensembles. In 1964, Kennedy ordered six dresses in black and white, which she wore during the year following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy (source).

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In July 1962 in the last hour on the last day of the Autumn shows Valnetino was given an opportunity to present a collection that became known as Sala Bianca. The designs were showcased at the stunning ball room, the White Hall, of the Pitti Palce. Overnight, Valentino Garavani was famous internationally via

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Valentino Fashion Show, Salla Bianca, Palazzo Pitti, Firenze, 1964 via

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In 1964 Jacqueline Kennedy chose a Valentino dress for the wedding with Aristotle Onassis. The gown was a part of the Sfilata Bianca collection shown in 1968. If Valentino was a fashion darling of the global press and buyers before, Sfilata Bianca (and its connection to Jackie Onassis) was the final step in conquering the States and securing his position as one of the best and most influential fashion designers of our time via

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Valentino, Ensemble, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1968 via

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Marisa Berenson in Valentino by Henry Clarke (1968)

Marisa Berenson was born in New York City in 1947. Her maternal grandmother was the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Berenson had risen to prominence in the early 1960s and would later appear on the cover of the July 1970 issue of Vogue and in numerous fashion layouts for the magazine. Yves Saint Laurent once dubbed her “the girl of the Seventies”.

Eventually she was cast in several prominent film roles amongst others the Jewish department store heiress Natalia Landauer in the 1972 film Cabaret, for which she received some acclaim (including two Golden Globe nominations, a BAFTAnomination and an award from the National Board of Review).

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American actress and model Marisa Berenson wearing a white organdy Valentino dress photographed by Vogue photographer Henry Clarke, in Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment in 1968.

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American actress and model Marisa Berenson wearing a white organdy Valentino dress photographed by Vogue photographer Henry Clarke, in Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment in 1968.

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American actress and model Marisa Berenson wearing a white organdy Valentino dress photographed by Vogue photographer Henry Clarke, in Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment in 1968.

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A Collection of Vintage Fashion Photography From the 1950s

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

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Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker wearing Givenchy, 1952 via

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Lisa Fonssagrives in Charles James Suit, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1950 via

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

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Dorian Leigh wearing Madame Grés by Henry Clarke in 1955 via

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

A Collection of Vintage Photos Featuring Dovima

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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Diana Vreeland, Dovima and Richard Avedon, 1950s via

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Lillian Bassman, Dovima in New York, 1954 via

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Dovima in Christian Dior Suit and Hat, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1955 via

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Richard Avedon, Christobal Balenciaga, Dovima in cloche – Cafe de Deux Magots, Paris 1955 via

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Henry Clarke, Dovima wearing Lanvin dress, 1955 via