Great women’s fashion editorial from the early 1960’s. I love the clean lighting and simple composition of the large flowers and the models. It reminds me of the early fashion photographs by Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. I wish I knew who the photographer was.

Great old Christian Dior stockings ad. I love the illustration!

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Early Richard Avedon

May 25, 2009

The early work of Richard Avedon has been getting a lot of attention lately because of the Avedon Fashion Photography 1944 – 2000 exhibit at The International Center of Photography.  “Dovima and Elephants” is also being featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the “Model as  Muse” exhibit in the Costume Institute.  Here are a few of my favorite early Avedon photographs.

Dovima in Balenciaga Couture

Dovima in Balenciaga cloche - Cafe de Deux Magots, Paris 1955

Dorian Leigh  Evening dress by Piguet, lie St.-Louis, Paris, August 1949

Dorian Leigh - evening dress by Piguet, lie St.-Louis, Paris, August 1949

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Sunny Harnett - evening dress by Madame Gres, Casino, Le Touquet, August 1954

Sunny Harnett - evening dress by Madame Gres, Casino, Le Touquet, August 1954

Carmen - Coat by  Pierre Cardin 1957

Carmen - Coat by Pierre Cardin 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - coat by Guy Laroche, Palais-Royal, Paris, August 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - coat by Guy Laroche, Palais-Royal, Paris, August 1957

Dovima

Dovima

Georgia Hamilton - emsemble by Balenciaga

Georgia Hamilton - emsemble by Balenciaga

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - Evening dress by Madame Gres, Moulin Rouge, Paris, August 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - Evening dress by Madame Gres, Moulin Rouge, Paris, August 1957

I love this solarized photography series by Richard Avedon of The Beatles for LOOK Magazine which ran in the January 12, 1968 issue.

John Lennon

John Lennon

George Harrison

George Harrison

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

January 12, 1968 issue of LOOK Magazine

January 12, 1968 issue of LOOK Magazine