Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Audrey Hepburn Through Elio Sorci - The World's First Paparazzo's Lens

Famous Italian photographer Elio Sorci captured candid images of celebrities from the 1950s and known as a pioneer in photojournalism movement. One of celebrities is Audrey Hepburn, also his friend that he shot in Rome in the late 1950s to early 1970s.

Audrey wears a coat by Dior and Mr.Famous during their arrival at the 'Ciampino' airport, Rome, January 1958.

Audrey wears a coat by Dior and Mr.Famous during their arrival at the 'Ciampino' airport, Rome, January 1958.

Audrey with Mr.Famous leaving from Rome's Ciampino's Airport, 1958.

Audrey during an interview 'outdoor' in Rome, July 1959.

 Audrey during an interview 'outdoor' in Rome, July 1959.

Girl in boy's clothes, ca. 1920s

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Flapper: A Found Photo Collection of a Lovely Girl in the 1920s

Here is a found photo collection from I Love Entropy that shows portrait of a lovely girl in the 1920s. She seems almost modern, but it certainly puts it all into perspective when one realizes that she was born at least a hundred years ago!

A rare portrait picture of young Brigitte Bardot, circa 1951-52

13 Amazing Vintage Photos That Show How Trousers Evolved in 20th Century Women's Fashion

Since the adoption of trousers in Western Europe in Late Antiquity, trousers have been largely worn by men and not by women until the early 20th century.

In 1919, Luisa Capetillo challenged the mainstream society by becoming the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear trousers in public. Capetillo was sent to jail for what was then considered to be a "crime", but the judge later dropped the charges against her.

Women increasingly wore trousers as leisurewear in the 1920s and 30s. In the early 20th century female pilots and other working women often wore trousers. Actresses Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn were often photographed in trousers from the 1930s. During World War II, women working in industrial work in war service wore their husbands' (suitably altered) trousers, and in the post-war era trousers were still common casual wear for gardening, socialising, and other leisure pursuits.

Similarly, in Britain during the Second World War, because of the rationing of clothing, many women took to wearing their husbands' civilian clothes to work while their husbands were away in the armed forces. This was partly because they were seen as work garments, and partly to allow women to keep their clothing allowance for other uses. As the men's clothes wore out, replacements were needed, so that by the summer of 1944 it was reported that sales of women's trousers were five times more than in the previous year.

In the 1960s, André Courrèges introduced jeans for women, leading to the era of designer jeans. In 1969 Rep. Charlotte Reid (R-Ill.) became the first woman to wear trousers in the U.S. Congress.

Pat Nixon was the first American First Lady to wear trousers in public.

For a period in the 1970s, trousers became quite fashionable for women. In the United States, this may be due to the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which declared that dresses could not be required of girls. Dress codes thus changed in public schools across the United States.

Below are some of vintage androgynous looks from the 1910s through to the 1970s.

1. Lucille Ltd Design, 1910s

2. Sports inspired clothing was worn during leisurely pursuits in the 1920s

3. Jodhpurs, riding boots, white shirt and tie was a classic sportswear look of the 1920s and '30s

4. Actress Barbara Weeks and friend wear high-waisted, wide leg trousers in the 1930s

5. The queen of the androgynous look, Marlene Dietrich, 1930s

Hot Rods, Southern California, ca. 1940s

Amazing footage captured scenes at Southern California racetrack with hot rods, ca. 1940s.

Who Says Girls Can't Repair Cars? Check Out These 21 Amazing Photographs of Women Auto Mechanics from the Early 20th Century

Women began finding work when World War I began in 1914; they had to take the jobs of men who had gone to war. A wide range of jobs needed filling. Automotive machines were in large production around this time to supply the United States and other countries with vehicles for war. This was the start of women playing important roles in the automotive industry.

Not all women on the front lines were part of the military though; many were volunteers offering their help to medical services such as the Red Cross. This woman served as an ambulance driver with the Voluntary Aid Detachment, an offshoot of the Red Cross. Unlike most ambulance drivers, though, those who operated the vehicles on the front lines had to know how to repair and service their cars, as you see this woman doing in this image by Ernest Brooks shot in 1916.

British ambulance drivers near the Front in France, 1916.

Margaret Whittemore and Margery Rose changing a tire on their car in 1916 during a tour for suffrage. They drove 10,000 miles with stops in New Orleans, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, and small towns along the way.

A female mechanic reclines under a car while performing repairs to the vehicle, 1917.

A member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) starts up the engine of her ambulance at Etaples, France, on 27 June 1917.