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January 9, 2020

Fascinating Fashion Photography by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Alfred Eisenstaedt was best known for his candid portraits of politicians, celebrities and fascinating street shots, but his most famous work remains the iconic VJ Day in Times Square, an indelible photograph capture an American sailor grabbing and kissing a young nurse on August 14, 1945. Eisenstaedt’s prominent reputation increased significantly as a staff photographer for Life, with more than 90 pictures featured on the magazine’s covers and more than 2,500 photo stories published. His typical use of natural light, unlike most photographers at the time who relied on flash lighting, was one of the notable attributes in Eisenstaedt’s shots. Another noted feature was the relaxed atmosphere he always established for his subjects.

Here are 29 photographs capture fashion models, styles and shows from the 1940s to the 1960s, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt:

Models in the dressing room of the Paris fashion house of Molyneux, 1933. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt via ullstein bild.

Models in casual wear and evening dresses of the Paris fashion house of Molyneux waiting for a fashion show, 1933. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt via ullstein bild.

Models at the Molyneux fashion house, Paris, 1933. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt via ullstein bild.

Models presenting evening gowns at the Chanel fashion house, 1933. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt via ullstein bild.

Two women dressed for a garden party, 1934. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt-LIFE.
Italian couple in white clothes with ski poles, 1934. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt via ullstein bild.

Lester Gaba's mannequin named Cynthia, New York City, 1937. One of Gaba's paintings is behind her on the wall. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Model clad in fur mantelet over an evening dress as she strolls down promenade deck that runs the entire length of Neiman Marcus store, 1939. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

A Miami Beach bather wearing a fur jacket to combat unseasonable 31 degree weather, Florida, 1940. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Woman wearing an embroidery dress, 1940. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Popular beach sandals & trousers worn by two young women at the beach, 1940. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Impact of National Defense on American fashion: Aviator's jacket inspired this suit of khaki-colored covert with stripe, 1941. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Chic woman walking her poodles along sidewalk on Fifth Avenue, 1942. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Coffee served on porch of ante-bellum mansion, Riverview, by young ladies wearing hoop skirts at party for cadets from local Army Flying School, Mississippi, 1943. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Fashion show in Jade Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, 1944. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Fashion show during florists convention, New York, 1946. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Midday cocktails being served at bar made of snow on private ice rink at the Palace Hotel in fashionable winter resort, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1947. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Headwaiter at the Palace Hotel in fashionable winter resort inspecting his wait staff, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1947. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Teenage boys sporting their latest shoe fad of wearing G.I. shoes which they call My old lady's Army Shoes & wear every Tuesday at school, 1948. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Display of leather handbags in store window, Milan, Italy, 1940s. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Display of men's clothing in store window, Milan, Italy, 1940s. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Fur coats hanging from ceiling of fur shop, Milan, Italy, 1940s. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Display of Ferragamo shoes, Florence, Italy, 1940s. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Men wearing shorts with Argyle socks and a woman wearing preppy fashion, 1953. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Three men pose in outdoors in Bermuda shorts, New York, 1953. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Elevated view of a trio of men in suits and straw boaters as they talk on a sidewalk, New York, 1958. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Back views of fur-clad socialites Mrs. Samuel Di Falco & Mrs. Carmine De Sapio at Prince Aly Khan's party, 1959. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Shoppers in the women's coat dept. of Saks Fifth Ave. department store, 1960. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.

Fall fashion: close up of pleated skirt and plaid wool top, 1960s. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE.


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