Thursday, March 1, 2012

1960’s glamorous beauties

Benedetta Barzini and Mirella Petteni wearing Valentino. Image by Henry Clarke for Vogue, 1968.

    Brigitte Bauer and Sue Murray in soft fluid silk dresses by Geoffrey Beene, photographed
    by legendary Irving Penn for Vogue, 1966.

           Giancarlo Barbieri
          Italian top model Isa Stoppi photographed by Giancarlo Barbieri,
          for the first  issue of Vogue Italia, 1965.

          Giancarlo Barbieri
          Isa Stoppi by Giancarlo Barbieri for Vogue Italia, 1965

            Italian top models Isa Stoppi and Tilly Tizzani for Harper’s Bazaar, 1966

              Tilly Tizzani and Isa Stoppi for Harper’s Bazaar, 1966.

                Top models Tilly Tizzani and Wilhelmina, photographed by William Klein, 1963.

                Tilly Tizzani photographed by the great Bert Stern for Vogue, 1963.

                Glamour…decades ago it was a lifestyle, a 24/7 job for top models, actresses and celebrities, certainly they were never caught with sneakers and ragged and shredded jeans like this days top models and  actresses who show up at Oscar’s night with incredible gowns, often borrowed for one night only, and then go back to sloppy dresses and uncombed hair…

                Style…is also a 24/7 job that include discipline and effort, just think about the supreme style of Queen Elizabeth, a masterpiece of lifestyle.

                Is that why we are (I am for sure) so fascinated by images of beauties from the past? A time of gorgeous B &W photography on major magazines, of glamorous personalities, of style and elegance in the true sense. Nobody would have thought of photo-shopping the legs of …say Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly as they did with… what’s her name (Angelina Jolie?) after Oscar’s night when she showed proudly (?) a leg made of almost bare bones!
                Having said that (rant rant…) now you can guess who could be my style icons and fortunately I can still find many even today.

                Let’s play a little!
                Old school style and glamour: who is your icon?

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                peggy braswell said...

                These are beautiful + I love Shrimpton.

                FAshiOnistA ErA said...

                such great images!! love the style! just came across your blog..really nice

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                A CRITIC'S EYE said...

                I think you have put your finger on the problem. Today actresses ( or rather celebrities, since many can not even act) have taken the place of the professional models, and today's models, particularly the American models do not have the beauty, class or the glamour of the years past.
                I had my head in the books too much in the 60's to pay much attention to the names of the models in those days, But for me, Audrey Hepburn is timeless and sums it all up, even though she was not a model, but models could learn a few things from her.

                Jewel Yet to Find said...

                Stylish and glamourous? Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are always looking stunning on the Red Carpet and beyond. Beautiful women, great actresses, strong personalities.
                Among models I would suggest Christy Thurlington. She is so sophisticated.

                MJH Design Arts said...

                Thank you---bones are never elegant or sexy. Mary

                Karena said...

                Audrey Hepburn has always been my style icon; a beautiful woman inside and out.

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