Published December 1, 1953
This model epitomizes 1950s fashion in her sculptured fur coat and precise, elegant coif, both typical of the fashion industry's refined luxury after years of WWII deprivations. The long, draped coat? Mink, and paired with an Emme ostrich-feather hat. Her leather-gloved hands clasp a tiny silver compact. The Erwin Blumenfeld fashion image appeared in the December 1, 1953, Vogue.
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German fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) combined beauty and surrealism in his work. His distinctive photographs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s pioneered a new genre of fashion art that was both glamorous and thought-provoking. The distinctive covers that Blumenfeld created for French and American Vogue between 1945 and 1955 made him one of the most famous commercial photographers of that period.