Known for his startling black and white images of supermodels such as Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, and celebrity portraits, Herb Ritts’s fashion photography the human body with bold definition.
Here, we revisit his best-known works
Herb Ritts: old-school glamour’s last stand
The mid to late 1940s was a breakthrough period for women’s swimwear, and at its peak was the birth of the pacesetting Bikini in 1946.
A postcard set of 69 women in swimsuits from the 1940s and 1950s will bring to you a clearer view.
In the late 1800s swimwear consisted of fully covered gowns and bloomers that revealed very little. Although the sun’s harmful UV rays were an unknown danger at the time, this conservative beachwear would have provided a good deal of protection.
By the early 1900s, beach resorts were becoming a popular destination. But water activities such as swimming and diving were a burden due to the bulky Victorian-style swimsuits, especially for the women.
By the 1920s fitted swimwear that modestly conformed to the body became a part of beach fashion.
Here’s a collection of beautiful vintage photos of swimwear models from the 1920s.
Circa 1929: Actress Joan Blondell is seen modeling on the beach. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
August 1926: Two women modeling bathing suits on the beach at Deauville. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Circa 1926: A bathing dress, England. (Alexander Binder/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
See more Images via vintage everyday: 20 Beautiful Vintage Photos of Swimwear Models in the 1920s.
During the 1910s the Edwardians became more playful and innovative, taking an interest in asymmetrical draping techniques. Corsets and bodices were now solely for supporting the shape as opposed to changing it.
Suits were fashionable for daywear and walking became easier due to a really big fashion happening – the skirt hemline rose from the floor to the ankle.
Here’s a collection of vintage photos of fashion from the 1910s, via Europeana.