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October 15, 2019

Stunning Fashion Photography by Karen Radkai in the 1950s

Born 1919 in Munich, German photographer Karen Radkai married to fellow photographer Paul Radkai. She worked as staff photographer for Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Bride magazines, primarily in the 1950s and '60s.

Stunning fashion photography by Karen Radkai in the 1950s

Radkai died in 2003 at the age of 84.

These stunning photos are part of her work that she took beautiful models and actresses in the 1950s.

Betty Threatt in Bates gingham Montgomery clan plaid dress by Henry Rosenfeld, Lujean bag, Harper's Bazaar, January 1950

Barbara Mullen in Stroock's wool fleece coat in cavalier red by Seymour Fox, Harper's Bazaar, September 1951

Charlotte Payne in gray jersey dress, fitted top outlined in black braid, sleeves cuffed in linen, gored skirt has a panel of pleats in front and worn over a petticoat, by Carolyn Modes, Harper's Bazaar, August 1951

Evelyn Tripp in white piqué skirt worn with pink cashmere sweater over pink satin top by Tina Leser, Vogue, April 15, 1953

Ricki VanDusen in blue tucked sheath of Celanese rayon acetate crêpe by Peggy Hunt, white wicker satchel by Koret, hat by Rex, Vogue, April 15, 1954

Anne St. Marie in Christian Dior's pink satin theatre coat worn with matching hat and pumps, Paris, Vogue, July 1955

Anne St. Marie wearing double-breasted mink cape by Maximillan, November 15, 1955

Anne St. Marie wearing evening dress of thin black organdie woven with polka-dots and fitted over blue tafetta, sashed at the waist in pale blue by Dior, Vogue 1955

Mary Jane Russell in white satin evening coat with back-belt and Pierrot collar by Gordon-Weismann, ruby and diamond jewelry by Cartier, Vogue, November 1, 1955

Ann Klem in blue dotted silk dress by Jonathan Logan, earrings by Bartek, Glamour, 1956

Anne St. Marie in side-buttoned slim sheath in wool tweed with white pique lining the collar and cuffs by Harvey Berin, white straw by Irene of New York, sofa by George Nelson for Herman Miller, Vogue, February 15, 1956

Anne St. Marie wearing yellow coat with fur collar and diamond earrings by Cartier, coiffure by Enrico Caruso, Vogue, February 15, 1956

Evelyn Tripp is wearing a wool tweed raglan coat by Zelinka-Matlick and straw hat by Dior-New York, Vogue, March 1956

Evelyn Tripp wearing red felt hat with diamond Maltese cross, diamond earrings and diamond-and-ruby ring by Harry Winston, Vogue, Feb. 1, 1956

Joan Romano in easy suit with shorter jacket, lambskin gloves, hat, scarf, bag, all at Bonwit Teller, Vogue, February 1956

Joanna McCormick in black and white tweed suit with dyed fox collar by Ben Zuckerman, turban by Sally Victor with gold and diamond clip by Jean Schlumberger, Vogue, Oct. 1956

Lucinda Hollingsworth in a casual evening dress worn with cashmere cardigan by Mainbocher, Vogue, 1956

Mary Jane Russell in maternity dress made to order of soft brown herringbone tweed and peplum of white Catoir silk, by Miguel Ferreras, jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, February 1, 1956

Anne St. Marie in beautifully simple floral print silk crêpe dress by Traina-Norell, coiffure by Antonio, diamond jewelry by Harry Winston, Vogue, March 1, 1957

Anne St. Marie in black silk dress printed with giant roses and its small top passes behind a cloud of chiffon, by James Galanos, Vogue, May 1957

Jessica Ford in black tulle hat by Adolfo, Vogue, Jan. 1957

Joanna McCormick in lovely damask day-dress by Ben Barrack, hat by Sally Victor, Vogue, 1957

Joanna McCormick in lovely yellow silk chiffon dress with yellow satin waistband by Philip Hulitar, diamond jewelry by Schlumberger of Tiffany, Vogue, June 1, 1957

Joanna McCormick wearing a plaid 3/4 length flared coat over slim skirt by Ben Zuckerman and a mink beret and leather briefcase style purse, Vogue, 1957

Joanna McCormick wearing a soft straw hat, wreathed in butterflies, by Sally Victor, Vogue, 1957

Lucinda Hollingsworth is wearing a blue hat by Adolfo of Emme, make-up from Elizabeth Arden, jewelry by David Webb, Vogue, April 15, 1957

Mary McLaughlen in floral print sun dress of cotton piqué and Orlon knit sweater to match by Alex Coleman, Vendome earrings, Vogue, April 1, 1957

Mary McLaughlin in a sweater of navy blue cashmere with red and white grosgrain sailing signals worn over a white Arnel sharkskin dress by Vera Stewart, Vogue, 1957

Romaine Simenson is wearing light blue belted suit with white cotton piqué lapels and cuffs by George Carmel, Vogue, March 1957

Anna Carin Bjorck in linen chemise of white top, black skirt and coffee-bean silk pongee cummerbund by Donald Brooks, black straw coolie hat by John Frederics, Vogue, May 1, 1958

Anne St. Marie in brilliant blue linen dress and jacket by Ben Barrack, turban by Emme, Koret handbag, David Webb earrings, Vogue, April 15, 1958

Anne St. Marie in evening coat of acetate ottoman, flower printed in blue, red and purple, by Originala, diamond and emerald jewlery by Harry Winston, Vogue, February 15, 1958

Anne St. Marie is wearing a high-waisted blue hyacinth coat of velvety wool by Monte-Sano & Pruzan and a hat of speckled feathers in shades of blue, Vogue 1958

Evelyn Tripp in ruby-red silk satin bare gown under a 3/4 coat both pleated at back for fullness by Mainbocher, diamond jewelry by Harry Winston, Vogue, December 1958

Evelyn Tripp is wearing a violet twisted yarn hat-wig from Bloomingdale's, Apple-on-a-stick lipstick by Dorothy Gray, Vogue, September 1958

Joanna McCormick in brown suit with natural Russian lynx collar by Ben Zuckerman, hat by Emme, Vogue, 1958

Joanna McCormick in red worsted wool three-piece suit, short jacket over a red and white polka-dot silk blouse and straight skirt, by Adele Simpson, jewelry by Verdura, Vogue, January 1, 1958

Mary McLaughlin applying make-up wearing a taffeta smock robe in Grecian pink, Vogue 1958

Monique Chevalier in chocolate brown wool coat lined in skunk fur worn over a white worsted pleated dress, both by Donald Brooks, Vogue, October 15, 1958

SophiaFollow Jessica Ford in a striped sun dress with bows at shoulders by Rhea, sandals by I. Miller, 1958

Sunny Harnett in a suit of ambered green plaid British wool, by Handmacher, violet hat by Sally Victor, turquoise and gold jewelry by David Webb, Vogue 1958

Anne St. Marie in ribbed silk evening dress of white and pink roses, with schoolgirl collar, long narrow sleeves and belt of bright pink satin, Vogue 1959

Dolores Hawkins pinning up her hair, New York, November 1959

Dolores Hawkins, New York, November 1959

Evelyn Tripp in scarf collared coat of wicker woven wool by Matlin, Vogue March 1, 1959

Gitta Schilling is wearing pearls by Trifari and turquoise ring and earrings by David Webb, June 1959

Isabella Albonico in pale blue wool and silk tweed suit with belted jacket by Monte Sano & Pruzan, white organdie hat by Irene of New York, jewelry by Cartier, Vogue, February 1, 1959

Jane Fonda, Vogue, September 15, 1959

Joanna McCormick in green wool suit in the style of Chanel, faux pearls by Castlecliff, jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, Vogue 1959

Lucinda Hollingsworth in a nutria lined wool jacket worn over a sage green wool jersey suit, 1959

Lucinda Hollingsworth in cyclamen-pink wool suit by Zelinka-Matlick, Vogue, February 1, 1959

Lucinda Hollingsworth in red wool bouclé suit, cropped jacket with sleeves cut above the elbow worn over straight skirt, worn with strands of coral colored beads and a bright white hat, Vogue, February 1959

Lucinda Hollingsworth is wearing a feather and tweed hat by Emme, peridot ring by Tiffany, Vogue 1959

Model Morris with Canadian Fur fox collar and deep red velvet pillbox, Vogue, September 1959

Sunny Harnett in Spring suit of blue wool tweed with tabbed jacket and skirt with wide swingy pleats by Ben Gershel, white organdy turban by Irene of New York, jewelry by Cartier, Vogue, February 1, 1959


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