Art Deco was an artistic, decorative and architectural movement born in the 1910s, which knew its height in the 1920s and slumped in the 1930s. Generally speaking, it is the inter-war period (1918-1939). Besides, “Les années folles” was a part … Continue reading →
Art Deco emerged in 1925, at the World’s Fair in Paris, France. This art movement is called Art Deco in reference to the name of the “Exposition Internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes”. George Barbier, George Wolfe Plank, Georges … Continue reading →
The July 4th (or Fourth of July) is a patriotic and federal holiday ; it is the Independence Day in the United States. It is celebrates each year to commemorate the publication of the Declaration of Independence from Great Bretagne … Continue reading →
Carl Oscar August Erickson (1891-1958), also known as Eric, was an American fashion illustrator. From 1925 to his death in 1958, he collaborated with British and French Vogue. He also drew advertisings for brands like Coty and Elizabeth Arden.
John Rawlings (1912-1970) was a mid-20th-century American fashion photographer who worked for Condé Nast (Vogue and Glamour) during three decades (1936-1960s). He learned alongside Horst P. Horst and George Platt Lynes when he was their assistant at Condé Nast from … Continue reading →
During the Sixties, the A-line dress, the mock neck dress, the fit and flare dress, the shift dress and the trapeze dress were very popular. Moreover, creators often designed beaded, embellished and brocard dresses. Besides, geometric, Op art and floral … Continue reading →
Jacques Fath (1912-1954) was a French fashion designer who marked Haute couture during the postwar period with Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain. He was an autodidacte, he didn’t do fashion studies. In 1937, he started his fashion business located at … Continue reading →
Horst P. Horst (1906-1999) was an American fashion photographer who worked from 1931 to 1991. He shot famous models like Jean Shrimpton and Suzy Parker. He also made portraits of Hollywood stars like Rita Hayworth and Gene Tierney. His photos … Continue reading →
Bobbie Brooks was founded in 1939 by Maurice Saltzman and Max Reiter in Cleveland. Initially it was named Ritmore Sportswear. After Saltzman bought the company in 1953, it was named Bobbie Brooks. The brand targeted mainly the young woman.
The fashion brand for young women, Jonathan Logan was founded in 1944 by David Schwartz. From 1944 to the late 50s, Dorris Varnum was the designer of the brand. Then, Jeanne Carr followed her. In the Sixties, Jonathan Logan was … Continue reading →
At the end of the Second World War, women are looking for feminity, elegance and chic. Christian Dior responds to this demand in 1947 with the “New look” (name given by Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow). The “New look” is characterised by … Continue reading →
The French couturier Jean Alexandre Patou (1887-1936) opened his dressmaker salon in 1912 named “Maison Parry”, located at roundabout of the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Becoming successful, he relocated his fashion house at the 7 rue Saint-Florentin in Paris and renamed … Continue reading →
Born in Russia, George Hoyningen-Huene (1900-1968) was a famous photographer especially during the 1920s and 1930s. He began as a fashion draftman for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Faichild’s Magazine. From 1925 to 1935, he was the chief photographer of … Continue reading →
Jacques Heim (1899-1967) was a famous French fashion designer. He founded his own couture house in 1930. In 1936, he launched young outfits with the Jeunes Filles collection to target a new audience. In addition of the clothes, Jacques Heim … Continue reading →
Henry Clarke (1918-1996) was an renowned American fashion photographer. In 1950, he began to work with Vogue French, UK and US editions. This collaboration lasted more than 25 years. He shot famous models like Suzy Parker, Ann Sainte Marie and … Continue reading →
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was a black American photographer who worked for Life magazine from the 1940s to the 1970s. Multi-talent and activist, he produced fashion photoshoots, realized photos of celebrities, directed movies (“Shaft”), wrote books, but also depicted through pictures … Continue reading →
Geoffrey Beene (1927-2004) was an American fashion designer considered as a design pionner. He launched his own label in 1963 and known immediately a great success. He was an influent designer in the sixties : mix of patterns and fabrics, … Continue reading →
John Bates (Born in 1938) is a British fashion designer who was very famous in the sixties and seventies. In 1960, he started his label “Jean Varon”. John Bates chose the name “Jean Varon” for his label because he wanted … Continue reading →
Richard Rutledge ( 1923-1985) was an American studio photographer for the publisher Condé Nast. For a 15-year period following the World War II, he had realized photographs for prestigious fashion magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, and House & Garden. Multi-skilled, … Continue reading →
Norman Norell (1900-1972) was an American fashion designer who dressed beautifully women from his first Traina-Norell collection in 1941 to his death in 1972. His dresses were very elegant, feminine, sophisticated and glamour. He often embellished dresses with strass and … Continue reading →
Richard Dormer was a fashion photographer from the 1940’s to 2000. He worked for many magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elegance Magazine. He shot many famous models (Suzy Smith, Barbara Goalen…) and particulary Jean Shrimpton. His photos in … Continue reading →
Philippe Venet (Born in 1929) is a French fashion designer. He had been the assistant of Elsa Schiaparelli and Hubert de Givenchy. In 1962, he opened his own eponym couture house. Philippe Venet was particulary known for his beautiful coats. … Continue reading →
Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) was one of the most famous fashion photographers of the 20th century. His fashion pictures were elegant, sophisticated, inspired and creative. He shot also celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. He was one of the … Continue reading →
William Klein (Born in 1928 in New-York) was a Franco-American painter, photographer and film director. He was nicknamed “bad boy” because he broke the rules of photography. He is famous for his creative fashion photoshoots, his portraits of Audrey Hepburn, … Continue reading →
Clifford Coffin (1913-1972) was an American fashion photographer considered as the greatest of Vogue’s photographers. During the 1940s and 1950s, he produced elegant, graceful and creative fashion photoshoots. He played an important part in fashion history : he covered the … Continue reading →
Lisa Perry is an American womanswear brand based in New York City and founded in 2007. The designer Lisa Perry is inspired by the sixties and the seventies (simple lines, geometric shapes and bold colors). I love the retro shapes and the bright colours of her clothes. The brand sells also accessories, children’s wear and designs for the home.
Mary Quant is a British fashion designer and figure of “Swinging London”. In the sixties, she creates the mini skirt and the hot pants. She designes a young and fun fashion : short dresses and skirts, bright colours and simple lines. She likes geometric shapes, bright colours, polka dots and original materials. The logo and famous pattern of the brand is a flower (daisy). In 2000, the brand is takeover by a Japanese group. There are over 200 shops in the colors of Mary Quant in Japan. The website is http://mq.maryquant.co.uk/index.html.