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April 25, 2020

Stunning Fashion Photography by Bert Stern in the 1960s

Born 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, American commercial photographer Bertram Stern gained a job in the mail room at Look magazine after dropping out of high school at the age of 16.

Classic beauties taken by Bert Stern in the 1960s

Stern became art director at Flair magazine, where he learned how to develop film and make contact sheets, and started taking his own pictures. In 1951, Stern was drafted into the United States Army, sent to Japan and assigned to the photographic department.

His best known work is arguably The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500 photographs taken of Marilyn Monroe over a three day period, six weeks before her death, taken for Vogue. Stern published Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting in 1992. In it, he recounted being enchanted by her until a near-intimate encounter after the second day of shooting; he then realized that she was deeply troubled.

Stern worked as a photographer on Lolita and shot the publicity photographs of Sue Lyon. He has photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan (recreating The Last Sitting), among others, in addition to his work for advertising and travel publications.

Stern died in 2013 at the age of 83.

These stunning pics are part of his work that Stern took portraits of beautiful models in the 1960s.

Deborah Dixon, 1960

Shirley MacLaine, 1960

Allegra Kent, 1961

Dorothy McGowan wearing a purple velvet toque with faux jade drop earrings by Marvella, 1961


Deborah Dixon, Vogue, 1962

Sophia Loren, Vogue, 1962

Astrid Heeren, Vogue, 1963

Jean Shrimpton, 1963



Veronica Hamel, 1965

Wilhelmina Cooper, 1965

Agneta Frieberg, 1966

Claudia Cardinale, 1966

Editha Dussler, 1966

Marisa Berenson, 1966

Marisa Berenson, 1966

Marisa Berenson, 1966

Actress Vanessa Redgrave models a Ban-Lon leotard under a rhinestone studded clear vinyl coat; both by Oscar de la Renta for Jane Derby, 1967

Mirella Pettini wearing a lace dress by Gustave Tassell and earrings by Robert Originals, 1967

Model wearing a print silk tank top and skirt by Lanvin, 1967

Samantha Jones, 1967

Samantha Jones, 1967

Twiggy in front of a Bridget Riley painting, 1967

Twiggy is wearing a Sant’Angelo bangle-harnessed mini-dress with a gilt link belt by Saint Laurent for Colony, 1967

Twiggy, 1967

Twiggy, 1967

Katharine Ross, 1968

Marisa Mell, 1968

Susan Murray, 1968

Birgitta af Klercker, 1969

Kellie Wilson, 1969

Kellie Wilson, 1969

Model Lauren Hutton is wearing a black satin cossack's blouse, coral necklaces and owl pin from Tiffany, circa 1960s

Model wearing an André Courrèges bunny jumpsuit in white sateen, with white pompons, big brass polka dots and breast cups, and a red Dutch boy wig, 1969

Moyra Swan wearing a belted caftan with a large polka-dotted pattern that features full harem pants and draped sleeves that connect to the legs, by Pierre Cardin, 1969

Moyra Swan, 1969

Moyra Swan, 1969

Moyra Swan, June 1969


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