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25.6.08

{the magic of henry clarke}

{1957 -- joanna mccormick for chanel}

I remember the first time I fell in love with the work of Henry Clarke (1918-1996) -- it was as if I were falling, falling into a world of impossible elegance and incredible sophistication . . .

Included are a few photographs not published in the original post.
Although Clarke's work reached its height in the 1950's and 60's, it will always remain timeless.

{1953 - suzy parker for mauboussin}

{1959 - rose-marie for givenchy}

{1959 -- ann sainte-marie for saks}

*see also:
post war elegance
indelible images of elegance

{images: scanned by frederic at fashion cosmos}

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ryder [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i have recently found your blog and have fallen in love with it. keep up the inspiring and lovely posts.

Jennifer [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Amazing, amazing, amazing... you never cease to impress me!

The Lil Bee [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

These are stunning. That pink dress...oh my...someday...

Avril [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love Henry Clarke's work. I have many images of his in my LOVE files. Beautiful photo's thank you for sharing! Keep it coming!

A Print A Day [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

this is more than beautiful. really.

Lizy [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

To say that these are fabulous is a complete and utter understatement...

A Lady [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

You can just tell this man had such an appreciation of women. Look at how luminous they all are! Far better than what passes for fashion photography nowadays.
Love your blog!

Krissy [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

wow. these are stunning. Love your blog!

Heidi Ann [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh your incredible "eye" my friend! The "citrus interiors" yesterday & now these breathe-taking "black & whites"!...A treat for us all!...heidi XO

Jessie Cacciola [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

these are so elegant.
and thanks so much for the add. :)

Persian Tea [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

something about that era! so lady-like and glamorous. i love it!

ZenadiaDesign [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Amazing. I simply love these pictures!

decortherapia [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Timeless. There is no better word to describe the work of Henry Clark. Great blog & greetings from Buenos Aires!

CoutureCarrie [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I will echo the other fine remarks when I say this is one of the most breathtaking series of fashion photos I have seen to date. Thank you!

Alkemie [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow! Such amazing photos and glamour from the past. Totally stopped me in my tracks. Thanks so much for sharing!

Karen

ELVIA [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Ooh I just love Henry Clarke and your blog ;)

Thanks for the comment.
Well, I admire Johnny Depp! Although I wouldn't say I'm a hardcore fanatic.
I didn't get that far along with the Johnny Depp marathon... I mean I did see a lot of movies with him, but definitely not all of them. Now I think I won't be doing that for a while, especially since I'm going to be very busy in July.

I hope you're doing well and keep up the great work with your blog - it's always inspirational to me! :)

Teacats [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Simply stunning in their sheer beauty and elegance -- look at the long graceful necks -- look at the way the fabric clings then drapes around the model! Beauty distilled to its finest degree .... just imagine those gowns on the Red Carpet -- or even as wedding gowns! Thanks for sharing such treasures with us ......


Jan at Rosemary Cottage

Sarah's Fab Day [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

As usual you impeccable eye inspires me!

Rebecca [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I can't remember if I've ever commented on your blog but I check it nearly every day. I just LOVE the things you post about! These pictures are stunning.

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Ryder and Jennifer, thanks :)

Rebecca, think this is your first comment, and thank you!

Decortherapia -- hello to Buenos Aires! {And welcome to all the new visitors who have stopped in to say hello this week}

Easy and Elegant Life [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

You know TIG, I can't help wondering if there were more images like these published in today's magazines, would our elegance quotient be raised a notch or two? How could one not want to look as soignée?

Keep up the good work, you may foment revolution!

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Why thank you, E&E, and you raise an interesting point about the possiblility of life imitating art -- modern photography can be much less elegant, and decidedly more crass {there are of course, exceptions}. One has to wonder, would more images like Clarke's create more elegance in everyday life?

Laura [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

First time here, love the images and ideas! I'll certainly be back, keep up the great work.

~laura

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for stopping in to say hello, Laura. Hope you had a great weekend.

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