Vintage Swimwear 1940s-1950s.

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. And it really boomed in the 1950s. A postcard set of 69 women in swimsuits from the 1940s and 1950s will bring to you a clearer view. See more swimwear […]

Fashion by Edward Steichen.

English stage actress Mary Taylor, 1933 As chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair, Edward Steichen profoundly shaped the look of celebrity and fashion photography in the 1920s and 1930s.  Chanel cocktail dress, Vogue May 1926 He immortalized leading writers, artists, actors, dancers and politicians in striking portraits. Fashion photography was revolutionized when he began […]

Coco Chanel at Work in Paris.

A new book featuring images of Coco Chanel by the photographer Douglas Kirkland provides a unique insight into the woman who transformed fashion. Sent to Paris on assignment for Look magazine in 1962, Kirkland ended up living with Chanel for three weeks, and captured her as never before, All images from: Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 […]

Stylish Dressers from Yesteryear.

Fashion goes round in circles. At least to a certain extent, the fashions of the past will become the fashions of the future. When we look back to photos of the post-war era of 1940-1960, all we see is classy people that definitely knew how to dress.   Source: vintage everyday: 50 Vintage Fashion Photos […]

Woman in a Blaze of Colour.

Image Credit: Photograph by Stanislav Shmelev, Winner of Competition. Photographers Comment: I took this picture of a woman in her traditional clothing in Cartagena, Colombia. Comment from Paul Goldstein, Judge: The blaze of colour from every angle, the boldness of the picture, taken from behind, which gives it so much more allure and frankly a […]

Dressing to the Nines.

Meaning: Dressed flamboyantly or smartly. Origin Nine is the most troublesome number in etymology. There are several phrases of uncertain parentage that include the word. Examples are, cloud nine, nine days’ wonder and the infamous whole nine yards. We can add ‘dressed to the nines’ to that list. Dressed to the nines The most frequently […]

Celebrity Pics by Cecil Beaton.

Photo: Marilyn Monroe. Sir Cecil Beaton was a favorite photographer of celebrities and aristocrats. Katherine Hepburn. H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Andrew. His famous subjects included leading ladies such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey and Katharine Hepburn. Ingrid Bergman. Source: vintage everyday: 25 Gorgeous Black-and-White Photos of Female Celebrities Taken by Cecil […]

Hair & Makeup from the 1920s.

 Four beautiful examples of the 1920s Hair and Make-up most fashionable styles. Although popular conceptions of the Jazz Age suggest that every fashionable woman bobbed her hair during the 1920s, some women did keep their hair long.  Bebe Daniels, 1920s. Long-haired women did not customarily wear their hair loose; rather, they pulled it back to […]

Henley Regatta Fashions from the Past.

Oxfordshire hosts something called the Henley Royal Regatta—“one of the quintessential British events of the summer season,” according to WWD. Apparently it’s quite an occasion and has happened annually since 1839. Consequently, old photos are an absolute treasure trove of bygone ladies’ fashions. Boaters en route to the regatta, 1886. Lady, sit down in that […]

Vintage Portraits of Beauty c.1930s.

National types of beauty was a series of real photo cigarette cards distributed in the 1930s. Some of the women portrayed were well-known actresses in their country, such as Anna May Wong from China, Frances Doble from Canada and Greta Nissen from Sweden. The photographers were unidentified but the portraits would have been taken by […]