Saturday 23 October 2010

    {Timeless} Classic Elegance


    I love the serendipity of blogging! I discovered this wonderful post on Style Diary while I was creating my Christian Dior post ~ it’s a visual feast of beautiful vintage couture fashion that is traced through time and is the creation of a Romanian style consultant. Enjoy a glass of champagne and savour this re-blogged entry…… {Note, as I don’t speak Romanian, I have used NAATI translation services and Google translation.}

    I recently discovered photos of incredibly sophisticated, shaped by light, the photographer Henry Clarke (who lived from 1918 to 1996) – especially loved the fashion and haute couture.

    Born in Los Angeles with his family moved to San Francisco in 1932… In 1946, he went to New York and became assistant to the Vogue studios, which is responsible for accessories and background images. Here, after he met Cecil Beaton and the model Dorian Leigh, he decides to become a fashion photographer. He buys a Rolleiflex camera and begins to work, and in 1949 moved to Paris.

    During the 50s and 60s until the late ’70s (its peak), works for all editions of Vogue – American, French and British – and with a few famous models (Suzy Parker, Ann Sainte-Marie Bettina) manages to capture the elegant woman of those times: the young, seductive nonchalance.

    At the time when Diana Vreeland leads Vogue and air travel was making exotic locations more accessible, Clarke traveled to India, Sicily, Mexico, Iran, Jordan and Syria for the pictorial. It captures many portraits of famous women – Sophia Loren, Coco Chanel, Anna Magnani, Maria Callas, Anouk Aimee are among his most famous subjects.

    Clarke died of leukemia in April 1996, in southern France at the age of 77 years. All his photos were published in L’Elegance des Annees Cinque, leaving an inheritance for his collection et du Musée de la Mode.

    {1951 – Clarke’s studio}

    {1951 – Model wearing a coat Griffe}

    {1952 -  Margaret Philips for Givenchy}

    {1952 – Contesa Consuelo Crespi}


    {1953 – Suzy Parker}

    {1954 – Dorian Leigh for Jean Dess}

    {1954 – model for Balmain}

    {1954 – Coco Chanel}

    {1955 – Dorian Leigh in Patou}

    {1955 – Ann Sainte-Marie pentru Christian Dior}

    {1956 -  Dovima for Jacques Fath}

    {1957 – Blanurile Canada}

    {1957 – Margaret Philips}


    {1959 – Simone Daillencourt in both photos}

    {1959- Ann Saint-Marie for Saks Fifth Avenue}

    {1959 – Rose Marie for Givenchy}

    {1959 – designer Marie Helene Arnaud, in Chanel}

    {1959 – Model wearing a hat and a brooch}

    {1960 – pictorial Summer Pleasures for Vogue}

    {1965 – Baronesa Fiona Thyssen-Bornemisza}

    {1966 – model wearing an asymmetrical chiffon dress by Malcolm Starr}

    {1967 – Princess Ira von Furstenberg, in an outfit by Ungaro}

    To view the full post go to Style Diary; or to view more images of Henry Clarke visit acesta urmatorul

    Photos: © Conde Nast Archive; agentlee,, C * rbis, fashion cosmos, anna lee live journal.

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