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Vintage: Women in One Piece Swimsuits in the 1950s

Vintage: Women in One Piece Swimsuits in the 1950s

Swimwear of the 1940s, 50s and early 60s followed the silhouette mostly from the early 1930s. Keeping in line with the ultra-feminine look dominated by Dior, it evolved into a dress with cinched waists and constructed bustlines, accessorized with earrings, bracelets, hats, scarves, sunglasses, hand bags and cover-ups. Many of these pre-bikinis had fancy names like Double Entendre, Honey Child…
Vintage: Women Dressed in Turkey Feathers (1948)

Vintage: Women Dressed in Turkey Feathers (1948)

In 1948, a LIFE magazine writer was tasked with covering the wedding of “turkey enthusiast” Barbara Orr Ehrhart – a woman who made her wedding dress out of turkey feathers. After obtaining permission to get married at the Far West Turkey Show in California, the bride gathered 37,500 plumes for her dress, which was constructed over the course of several…
Irving Penn: Women, Warriors

Irving Penn: Women, Warriors

Masters Projects is pleased to present an exhibition that unites Irving Penn’s posed nudes from 1949-50 alongside his ethnographic portraits taken in Africa and the South Pacific through the 70s. One of the world’s preeminent photographers, Irving Penn (1917–2009) is famous for his professional still life, portraiture, and fashion photography. By 1950, he had already established a successful career at…