March 16, 2019

The Jazz Age Fashion Photography by James Abbe

Born 1883 in Alfred, Maine, American photographer James Abbe became known for taking many photographs of theater and movie performers starting in 1917. In the late 1920s, he gained a reputation in news photography, and known for his fashion photography, including celebrated work for American Vogue.

Classic beauties taken by James Abbe in the 1920s

Abbe's most celebrated portraits include his rare double portraits of silent film stars Rudolph Valentino and his wife Natasha Rambova, Lillian and Dorothy Gish, as well as dancers including the Dolly Sisters and Anna Pavlova, all taken in the 1920s.

Reflecting the changing fashions in magazines content, Abbe became one of the first photojournalist to submit his work in photo-essays to major publications, including The London Magazine, Vu and the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung. He also took photographs during the Spanish Civil War and the Nazis' rise in Germany.

These stunning photographs James Abbe shot classic beauties that defined the Jazz Age fashion.

Dora Duby

Dora Duby

Dorothy Dickson

Elissa Landi

Eve Curie

Gilda Gray

Gilda Gray

Gladys Cooper and Ivor Novello

Gloria Swanson

Jean Nash

Jean Nash

June Tripp

Marguerite Namara

Marguerite Namara

Mary (Ryan) Nash

Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford

Natacha Rambova

Natacha Rambova

Natacha Rambova

Selena and Josephine Royale

Spinelly

Spinelly

The Dolly Sisters

The Dolly Sisters

Ann Harding

Bessie Love

Billie Burke

Dolores Wilkinson

(Photos © James Abbe)




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