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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24 Comments:

Blogger ryder said...

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

June 25, 2008  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

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

June 25, 2008  
Blogger The Lil Bee said...

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

June 25, 2008  
Blogger Avril said...

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!

June 25, 2008  
Blogger A Print A Day said...

this is more than beautiful. really.

June 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

June 26, 2008  
Blogger A Lady said...

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!

June 26, 2008  
Blogger Krissy said...

wow. these are stunning. Love your blog!

June 26, 2008  
Blogger Heidi Ann said...

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

June 26, 2008  
Blogger Jessie Cacciola said...

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

June 26, 2008  
Blogger Persian Tea said...

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

June 26, 2008  
Blogger ZenadiaDesign said...

Amazing. I simply love these pictures!

June 26, 2008  
Anonymous decortherapia said...

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

June 26, 2008  
Blogger CoutureCarrie said...

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!

June 26, 2008  
Blogger Alkemie said...

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

Karen

June 26, 2008  
Blogger ELVIA said...

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! :)

June 28, 2008  
Blogger Teacats said...

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

June 29, 2008  
Blogger Sarah's Fab Day said...

As usual you impeccable eye inspires me!

June 30, 2008  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

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.

July 01, 2008  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

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}

July 02, 2008  
Blogger Easy and Elegant Life said...

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!

July 03, 2008  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

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?

July 03, 2008  
Anonymous Laura said...

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

~laura

July 04, 2008  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

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

July 06, 2008  

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