Bar du Soleil, July 1961
‘What stripes are to tigers and peaches to cream, these sun clothes are to smart resort life: indispensable’, thought Vogue. The resort in question is Deauville, rich in sybaritic delights, whether dining, casinos or racing, and, as air travel became quicker and cheaper – just a short hop across the channel. Vogue’s sun-worshipper wears a loose sweater, slit deeply at the side, by Falconetto.
The London Look, September 1961
What could say more about early morning London life than a city gent (bowler hat, umbrella and moustache) setting off for the office? Possibly the addition of the smart new London mini-cab, introduced this month to the capital’s streets, as fast-moving as a trip round Piccadilly Circus. His companion’s swing coat is trimmed with fur and her cloche hat made of ribbed velvet, both by Cavanagh.
Summer Pleasures, June 1960
Pleasures were simple then, and it didn’t take much for an alfresco summer party to become a dance: a back garden, some paper lanterns, a record player and a rack of good discs. If you wished to push the boat further out, Vogue recommended hiring banana trees, bamboo plants, ferns and palms with which to create an ‘exotic’ look. Warming to the theme, Vogue suggested simple but flavoursome food: a hotdog stand in the garden with curry and rice, pizza, quiche lorraine. If the festivities lasted to the small hours, ‘a big dish of ham with scrambled eggs piled on top, kedgeree and kidneys grilled and encased in toasted soft rolls’ and perhaps some kipper fillets too.
Born in Los Angeles in 1918, Henry Clarke, the renowned fashion photographer, discovered his calling in 1945 whilst working as an accessorist at Condé Nast in New York. During an encounter with the great Cecil Beaton during a photography session at Vogue's studio, Clarke was entranced by the photographic image. He promptly abandoned his fashion job, borrowed a Rolleiflex camera and began taking pictures.
Deciding to try his luck abroad, Clarke moved to Paris in 1949. There his friend, Robert Randall, reintroduced him to the fashion world. He quickly found work at Fémina, L'Album de Figaro and Harper's Bazaar. The next year he began a fruitful collaboration with the French, English and American editions of Vogue that would last more than a quarter-century. With the help of women like Suzy Parker, Ann Sainte Marie and Bettina, the most glamorous models of the day, Clarke captured the elegance of the modern woman: young, lively, carefree and seductive.
He also took celebrity portraits: Anna Magnani, Coco Chanel, Sophia Loren and Maria Callas were among his best known subjects. In the 1960's, Diana Vreeland, the formidable editor of Vogue, sent him to such exotic locations as Syria, Iran, India and Mexico to create exciting fashion layouts. Upon his death in 1996, it was revealed that Henry Clarke had named the Institut Pasteur as universal legatee of his estate. He bequeathed his historical collection of photographs to the Musée de la Mode et du Costume in Paris.
Model Wearing Balenciaga Satin and Lace Evening Gown, 1951
Model in Paisley Dress and Coat by Balenciaga, 1954
Model standing in a courtyard in Olhao, Portugal, wearing a halter and skirt by Brigance, 1952
Model in a reversible striped silk Shantung shirt by Bonnie Cashin, standing on a beach with large wooden boats, 1952
Model Wearing Givenchy Short-Sleeved Dress, 1955
Model in white tulle dress with spangles and stole in the Theater of King Louis XV at Versailles, 1957
Model in Balmain Skirt and Sealskin Cape, 1955
Two models overlooking water in Palermo wearing bathing suits, both of red, one plaid one checkered with shaggy elfin caps, 1955
Model in Otter Hide Coat with Snow Leopard Lining, 1959
Woman modeling black lace dress with pink sash copied from Balenciaga, with hat and gloves, 1951
Model posed with cigarette, wearing dress by Mollie Parnis and gold & diamond necklace and bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels, 1953
Model wearing a strapless short evening dress: fitted to the hips in a lemon color with lace, baby blue bow, baby blue satin shoes and grey black pancake hat, 1953
Model wearing a grey tweed sheath dress, a short jacket with turtleneck gilet, and a grey folded stole, all from the Paris collection of Dior.
Model Wearing Silk Crepe Evening Dress by Christian Dior
ca. 1955, Palermo, Sicily, Italy -Model standing on terrace wearing sharkskin straight yellow skirt with striped jersey shirt over sleeveless orange overcoat.
Model wearing Manguin's white satin gown, mink stole, and pearls, 1951
Model in White Chignon Cap by Givenchy, 1954
Model facing car in Paris wearing greeny yellow coat with dropped shoulders and a spread of burnoose-like sleeves by Griffe, 1951
Gilbert Orcel, 1956
Model in Box Hat and Long Gloves, 1955
Ruby and Pearls, 1955
For one of his last collections (he died the next year), Christian Dior made even less concessions to fifties’ austerity with this flamboyant evening dress of patterned silk taffeta. Though our subject looks utterly at ease with the deshabillé shoulders and the early evening glass of wine the sheer weight of the ruby and pearl bracelets vivid necklace of precious tones would have posed certain practical problems.
Model Wearing Double-Breasted Suit by Balmain, 1954
Model in gold embroidered turquoise Lanvin-Castillo dress in the Theater of King Louis XV at Versailles.
Balcony at the Theater of King Louis XV at Versailles with model in chiffon dress and chinchilla cape by Lanvin-Castillo.
Model in front of London store window, wearing tweed sheath coat dress and hat, both by Dior, 1955
Model in collarless suit with straight skirt and Persian lamb scarf, both by Balenciaga, leaning against railing, 1955
Model Wearing Givenchy Halter Dress and Long Gloves, 1955
Model standing in front of lame backdrop, wearing tulle and gold embroidered trapeze dress form Dior, 1958
Model Mary Jane Russell wearing fox fur coat by Fromm, posed next to a red chair by Karl Mann and Associate, 1958
Model in Christian Dior Accessories Smoking, 1952
Model wearing hat of feathers, worked to look like silk, in a pale orange, by Adolfo of Emme. Worn with brown wool tweed coat, pinned with Verdura brooch, 1959
Model in Twill Suit by Givenchy, 1954
Model in Schiaparelli Floral Dress, 1954
: Suzy Parker wearing billowy bow-tied coat by Pertegaz in front of tiled scenery at the restaurant Villa-Rosa in Madrid, 1954
Model wearing strapless tiered dress with roses by Chanel, 1954
Model Playing Bridge in Crepe Dress, 1952
Boaters, March 1954
The Spring Collections featured ‘boater’ hats in all shapes and sizes, lightweight and elegant for alfresco eating (though only British Vogue’s most soignée readers would have tackled a bistro chair with such confidence). Balmain’s colossal boater came with wheeled rings like a child’s spinning top and was worn as low as the eyebrows.
Christmas Presents, December 1953
Whatever the money spent on it, a Christmas present has to be the most beautiful, the most original or at least the most colourful, considered Vogue. Some, though, like this fabulous diamond necklace by Wartski are dependent on ‘fairy godfathers, oil wells or sheer size of bank balance’. It has certainly entranced its recipient, the more so perhaps when converted cleverly into a tiara.
Designer Marie-Helene Arnaud in Suit by Chanel, 1959
Red rhinestone-studded high heeled opera pumps from Jordan, 1953
Coco Chanel Designing Clothing, 1954
Model Wearing Hat by Givenchy, 1954
Model in front of Mercedes, wearing tweed dress, matching coat with fur collar, fur hat, and gloves (all by Patou), holding handbag, with L'Arc de Triomphe in background, 1955
Gloved model holding a cigarette, wearing a vented, red plaid steamer coat that reveals a long dress of silver and white paillettes; with diamond necklace, earrings and bracelet; being escorted by a gentleman in tuxedo across the Promenade at the New York theatre. Dress and coat by Ben Reig. Jewelry by Harry Winston, 1958
Model in Tiered Tulle Gown by Balmain, 1954
Signorina Ilaria Occhini, actress, hands on chest, wearing long earrings and a dark cape, 1953
Model Wearing Silk Dress by Christian Dior
Model Wearing Balenciaga Dress with Double-Breasted Skirt, 1955
Model in Yellow Suit on Striped Chair, 1958
Model wearing Dior evening hat with white feather, 1951
Playclothes of the Western World, May 1962
The clothes may come from places as far apart as Spain or Finland (and they do). As to where they might go: there are no limits. Not in the age of jet travel. Their stamping ground is the Mediterranean (this is the Spanish coast) but you might see them anywhere from Brighton beach to Havana.
Cottons on Holiday: Pretty Sun-Seekers, July 1956
For those possessed of ‘More Taste than Money’, as Vogue discreetly put it, summer glamour could be found inexpensively. Here, for example, perfect for sun worshipping, is a long-sleeved polka-dot cotton shirt and matching bloomers with, as a pièce de resistance, a cummerbund in a contrasting pattern, cinching the outfit at the waist.
Summer Pleasures for Sunny Days, June 1960
Entertaining is often a high point of the summer, though not every reader might have the time or inclination to dress herself and her lunch table with such elegant ease. This season’s bare arms made a larger hat almost an imperative (a small hat made one look ‘like a sightseer’). For their table, Hostesses were advised that pale linen and organdie had returned to favour, as well as uncontrived flowers and simple, classic crystal and china.
Simone D'Aillencourt pour Emilio Pucci, 1967
Simone D'Aillencourt pour Tiffeau, 1967
Twiggy pour Vogue, 1967
Francoise Rubartelli pour Valentino, 1968
Maria Schiano pour Revillion, 1968
Maria Schiano pour Valentino, 1968
Marisa Berenson pour Beene, 1969
Marisa Berenson pour Halston, 1969
Monica Vitti, 1969
Verushka pour Emilio Pucci, 1964
Verushka pour Pauline Triger, 1964
Verushka pour Jean Louis, 1965
Verushka pour Pucci, 1965
Veruschka wearing striped wool full-length coat over striped chiffon dress by Valentino, 1966
ca. 1965, Tanzania - Veruschka
posed before Lake Tanganyika, wearing a big 'barracano' cover-up, in green, red, white and black, by Emilio Pucci.
Model in Striped Wool Coat by Federico Forquet, 1966
ca. 1967, Palermo, Sicily, Italy - Model Barbara Bach wearing a turquoise dress with matching drawstring shaping a high waist, by Leslie Fay, wide brimmed turquoise hat by Till; stands at the fountain of the baroque Villa Trabia at Sant Maria di Gesu in Sicily.
Model in Jag Niwas, an island palace in the Rajasthan region of India, wearing yellow high-waisted dress of yellow Indian cotton by Rudi Gernreich, 1967
Posed against the walls of the Temple of Warriors in Chichen-Itza, Mexico, model wearing transparent evening chiffon pullover and pants in fuchsia by Adolfo, 1968
Model descending staircase outside of the Marqueza de Santos house in Rio, Brazil, with a young carnival 'hero' wearing cloak of many jewels. Model is dressed in chartreuse asymmetrical floor length chiffon dress by Malcolm Starr and Joseph Warner bracelets, 1966
Model standing in the Orecchio di Dionisio - Ear of Dionysius - a high-vaulted groto hewn out of a quarry wall in Syracuse, Sicily, wearing a brightly colored and gaily patterned culotte-shirtdress by Hannae Mori, 1967
Model sitting on desk, in the apartment of Cy Twombly, wearing blue coat with circular pattern and matching hat, by Mila Schoen, 1968
Model at the harbor next to the ship Oriana, greeting someone in the distance, wearing khaki travel suit by Frederick Starke, 1962
Baroness Fiona Thyssen-Bornemisza sporting Cover Girl makeup shades, white coolie hat with cigaline veiling by Anello, 1966
Model in Goreme, Turkey, wearing fly-front yellow linen smock by Hannah Troy, 1962
Chunky Knits, July 1965
As the Melbourne Olympics approached, Vogue flew its team the considerable distance to Australia. In Victoria, the weather is always unpredictable, so Vogue chose an all-year-round combination of colourful chunky-knitted sweaters in pink and lavender (with vivid under-collars), worn stylishly with contrasting slim-tapered slacks. All by Jaeger and perfect, said Vogue, for ‘lounging around at home or indeed abroad’.
ca. 1966 --- Model Susan Murray wearing slit print skirt and thin-strapped top by Emilio Pucci.
A model at Nemrut Dagi, Turkey, wearing orange and blue print evening dress with matching toga scarf by Pauline Trigere, 1966
Model wearing silver maillot by Sylvia de Gay for Robert Sloan, 1966
Model Susan Murray wearing full-skirted striped silk evening dress by Tiziani, 1966
Model in Goreme, Turkey, wearing deep-red criss-cross bodiced red linen dress by Geoffrey Beene
Model posing in blue body-veil in the gardens of Mandor.
Model near spires in Istanbul wearing red crepe toga-dress with asymmetric hemline by Larry Aldrich.
Among the ruins of Petra in Jordan, model wearing gilded cage dress, mesh spilling from a high waist, covering the arms, by Anne Fogarty, 1965
Pose against the walls of the Temple of Warriors in Chichen Itza, Mexico, model wearing shimmering ivory and gold jump suit by Christian Dior.
Embarking on the French ocean liner, the 'France'; Madame Abreau ( the American born Mary Sargent Ladd ) wearing a beige suit, tied at the waist in black under a black and white wool checked coat, and Mrs. Dillon Moseley (assistant Paris editor of 'The Paris Review' and daughter of C. Douglas Dillon-former ambassador to France and Secretary of the Treasury) wearing grey suit under pink coat, 1962
Sophia Loren in Organza Dress by Dior, 1972
Photographed at the Xochicalco ruins outside Cuernavaca, models wearing Greek-girl dresses in brilliant green, wrapped and sashed under the bosom, petal hems fluttering over thonged legs.
Model Wearing Pajama Outfit by Emilio Pucci
Actor James Coburn wearing a block-printed silk shirt, matching scarf, and white pants, all by Bill Blass for P.B.M, 1968
Model Wearing Striped Silk Outfit by Matty Talmack
Model in violet cotton print bikini with matching batiste shirt and sarong by Emilio Pucci; jewelry by Luciana.
Mme Philippe Leroy wearing a belted turtleneck and inverted-pleat skirt by Enzo; an African sculpture on a table to the right; coiffure by Alba and Francesca of Rome, 1968
At Palmyra, model wearing ivory silk crepe dress with halter neckline and deeply slit skirt, by Oscar de la Renta, 1965
Model among the sculpture of the Villa Palagonia in Bagheria, Sicily, wearing an empire cut blue and mauve dress with ruffle at hem by Chester Weinberg.
Model sitting on the top of the colorful tile roof of the Cathedral of Oaxaca, wearing a white lace short cape-like top, revealing the midriff, followed by a wide, white lace dirndly skirt banded at the waist and hem, by Trigere.
Model near cliff dwellings at Goreme, Turkey, wearing red linen tabard over white shorts by Jacques Tiffeau for Tiffeau & Busch.
Model in Udaipur, India, wearing silk crepe striped and print evening pyjamas by Princess Luciana.
Model wearing white culotte dress by Lanz and turban by Jean Barthet for Gres, at the monument for Itimad ud-Daula, in Agra, India, 1964
Model in Sardinia wearing sea-blue tile patterned floating chiffon voile coat over matching leotard by Emilio Pucci, 1967
At the beach, the model Veruschka in a bikini and matching fringed shawl in a sunny yellow, black and brown paisley pattern, by Ken Scott, 1965
Model in Print Dress over Cat Suit by Emilio Pucci, 1966
Model Barbara Bach straddles tile steps of the Castello San'Nicola outside Palermo, Sicily; wearing a bright red dress with brass buttoned belt and low pockets, by Teal Traina, with broad brimmed red hat by Halston, 1967
Model wearing a head-to-toe leotard in pink silk jersey and a long, terrycloth cape by Pucci, 1968
Model in Pamukkale, Turkey wearing short silver-sequined sleeveless dress by Joan Arkin, 1966
Head shot of Ana Maria de Moraes Barros wearing large silk headdress with several layers of ruching around the face and under the chin, from Lanvin Boutique, 1965
Close-up of the hands of Spanish bullfighter and equestrian Conchita Cintron, holding the head of her Arabian horse, 1968
Model on limestone cliffs of Pamukkule, Turkey, wearing floral print silk flared pants and top by Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner.
Model in Striped Dress by Ferro, 1967
Model standing on tile steps beside the stone walls of the Castello San' Nicola outside Palermo, Italy, wearing a large brimmed red hat with a red chiffon pleated dress, a row of buttons up the front with chin high collar by Junior Sophisticates, 1967
Model Marisa Berenson posed on rocks of Sardinian coastline, wearing a Pucci slip, in brightish pastel colors, and wearing a wreath of white flowers in her hair, 1967
Marisa Berenson wears many shell headdress to compliment the warm Mediterranean make-up colors, like the different shades of blue circling the eyes. She is also wearing a light blue sheer dress, 1969
Model in Goreme, Turkey, wearing sleeveless red button-front linen dress by Kasper for Joan Leslie, 1966
Model in Goreme, Turkey, wearing brown linen dress crossed at the neck by a halter, by B.H. Wragge, 1966
Model near the chalk-water basins of Pamukkale, Turkey, wearing a strapless print gown with flounced hem by Jobere, 1966
Mrs. Loel Guinness wearing hat, pearl necklace and earrings, and diamond pin, which she designed and which was constructed by Cartier, 1961
Mme. Jean Claude Abreu wearing printed Dior gown beside lighted sign FRANCE on the upper deck of the S.S. 'France', 1962
Model near spires in Istanbul wearing red crepe full-length dress with white rolled neckline, by Christian Dior New York, 1966
Veruschka Wearing Multicolored Asymmetrical Dress, 1965
Models in the Rome apartment of Cy Twombly, wearing long white evening suits by Valentino, which are minimally ornated with pearls and lace at the cuffs, the shoes are by Rosetti for Valentino; the man's suit has a white pajama embroidered waistcoat, and inside the apartment is a Roman marble head, drawings by Twombly, and Rococo chaises, 1968
Actress Raquel Welch wearing a chiffon and gold lame blouson with dyed fox collar and cuffs by Valentino, 1972
Sophia Loren sitting down taking care of her wigs as she packs them, 1972
Sophia Loren in Organza Dress by Christian Dior, 1972