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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William Acton

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).


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


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


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


Valentino, Ensemble, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1968 via

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Valentino, Vogue, 1968 via

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Veruschka, Valentino, Vogue, 1965 via

Marilyn Monroe – The Last Sitting – by Bert Stern (1962)

Self-taught American commercial photographer Bert Stern (1929-2013) is best known for The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500 photographs taken for Vogue of Marilyn Monroe in 1962. The photo shoot took place at the Bel Air Hotel for a three-day period just six weeks before her death. The book The Last Sitting was published in 1982 and again in 2000.

During his career he also photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan (recreating The Last Sitting), among others, in addition to his work for advertising and travel publications.


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962 via


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962 via


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962 via


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962 via


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962 via


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962 via


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962 via


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962 via


Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962 via

Audrey Hepburn in Amazing Valentino Dresses for Vogue (1969)


Audrey Hepburn in Valentino Dress, photographed by Paolo Barbieri for Vogue, 1969 via

Audrey Hepburn in Valentino Dress, photographed by Paolo Barbieri for Vogue, 1969 via

Jean Patou Dress by André Durst (1939)

French fashion designer Jean Patou ( 1880-1936) was the founder of the Jean Patou brand.

Patou’s clothes were marketed mostly to rich American women. When the stock market crashed, however, so did the market for luxury fashion. The House of Patou survived through its perfumes, which remain well known today.


Jean Patou, Dress, photographed by André Durst for Vogue, 1939 via


Jean Patou, Dress, photographed by André Durst for Vogue, 1939 via

Amazing Vintage Photos of Fashion’s First Supermodel Lisa Fonssagrives

Swedish fashion model Lisa Fonssagrives (1911 – 1992) is widely credited as the world´s first supermodel. She was born Lisa Birgitta Bernstone and was  raised in Uddevalla.

She went to Mary Wigman’s school in Berlin and studied art and dance. After returning to Sweden, she opened a dance school.  She moved from Sweden to Paris to train for ballet and worked as a private dance teacher with Photographer Fernand Fonssagrives, which then led to a modeling career.

She married Fonssagrives in 1935; they divorced and she later married fashion photographer, Irving Penn, in 1950.

The Elton John photography collection auction held by Christie’s on October 15, 2004 sold a 1950 Irving Penn photograph of his wife, Lisa Fonssagrives, for $57,360.


VOGUE Cover, Lisa Fonssagrives by Horst P. Horst, 1940 via


Lisa Fonssagrives by Irving Penn, 1949

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Lisa Fonssagrives by Lillian Bassman via


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Lisa Fonssagrives by Irving Penn via


Lisa Fonssagrives, 1940’s via


Lisa Fonssagrives on the Eiffel Tower by Erwin Blumenfeld, Vogue, 1939 via


Lisa Fonssagrives Le Modele by Fernand Fonssagrives, 1942 via

Fashion Photopgraphs by Vogue Photographer Eugene ‘Gene’ Vernier

Eugene ‘Gene’ Vernier (1920–2011) worked as a fashion photographer for British Vogue  from 1954 to 1967, during one of the most exciting periods in fashion history.

Shooting of-the-moment looks from the likes of Christian Dior and Emilio Pucci and top models including Celia Hammond, Jean Shrimpton, and current Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, Vernier worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Yet he was relatively unconcerned with celebrity. Interested only in bringing out the very best in each frame, Vernier was a true craftsman in the fashion photography trade (source).


Margaret Phillips photographed by Eugene Vernier for Vogue, 1956 via

Tania Mallet in a Canadian Pearl Mutation mink with wide set-in sleeves and huge square collar from the National Fur Co. Photographed by Vernier for Vogue UK, August 1961 via
Judy Dent in maize-yellow mohair sweater in a fine boucle twist with own belt by Bernhard Altmann. Photographed by Vernier for Vogue, 1959 via

June Clarke in lilac and white barley-corn tweed suit by Hardy Amies, white straw hat by Rose Vernier (no relation). Photographed by Eugene Vernier for Vogue, 1956 via
June Clarke and Joy Weston pose with Afghan hound. Photographed by Eugene Vernier, for Vogue, 1956 via
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Jean Shrimpton Photographed by Vernier via
Joy Weston photographed for Vogue, 1957 via
A young Jean Shrimpton poses in wedding gown with wooden mannequin on the bank of the Seine in Paris. Photographed by Vernier for Jardin des Modes, c.1961 via
Penny Knowles in studio fashion photo by Vernier, c. 1958 via