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May 3, 2021

Stunning ’60s Fashion Photography by Henry Clarke

Born in Los Angeles in 1918, Henry Clarke, a renowned fashion photographer, discovered his calling in 1945 whilst working as an accessorist at Condé Nast in New York. During an encounter with the Cecil Beaton during a photography session at Vogue’s studio, Clarke was entranced by the photographic image. He promptly abandoned his fashion job, borrowed a Rolleiflex camera and began taking pictures.

Fashion photography by Henry Clarke in the 1960s

Deciding to try his luck abroad, Clarke moved to Paris in 1949. There his friend, Robert Randall, reintroduced him to the fashion world. He quickly found work at Fémina, L’Album de Figaro and Harper’s Bazaar.

The next year, Clarke began a collaboration with the French, English and American editions of Vogue that would last more than a quarter-century. With the help of women like Suzy Parker, Ann Sainte Marie and Bettina who were the most glamorous models of the day, he captured the elegance of the modern woman: young, lively, carefree and seductive.

In the 1960s, Diana Vreeland, the formidable editor of Vogue, sent him to such exotic locations as Syria, Iran, India and Mexico to create exciting fashion layouts.

Upon his death in 1996, it was revealed that Henry Clarke had named the Institut Pasteur as universal legatee of his estate. He bequeathed his historical collection of photographs to the Musée de la Mode et du Costume in Paris.

These stunning photos are part of his work that Henry Clarke took portraits of classic beauties in the 1960s.

Model in pink dress, 1960

Tamara Nyman, 1962

Vogue, October 1962

Veruschka, 1964

Wilhelmina wearing a crêpe evening dress by Gustave Tassell, 1964

Verushka wearing an Emilio Pucci bikini top with a long wrapped skirt, the print is Egyptian inspired in purples, greens, yellows and white, Brazil, 1965

Editha Dussler wearing a brown and white Persian print jibba by Chombert, Valley Göreme, Turkey 1966

Editha Dussler wearing a dress by B.H. Wragge, 1966

Editha Dussler wearing a full skirted striped silk evening dress by Tiziani, 1966

Editha Dussler wearing Anne Fogarty, Valley Göreme, Turkey, 1966

Editha Dussler wearing Ellen Brooke, 1966

Editha Dussler wearing Hannah Troy, 1966

Editha Dussler, 1966

Model wearing a gown of sky-blue chiffon and a crystal beaded top by Pat Sandler, 1966

Model wearing a short silver sequined dress by Joan Arkin in the Valley Göreme, Turkey, Vogue, December 1, 1966

Model wearing orange Christian Dior dress, Istanbul, Turkey, Vogue, December 1966

Model wearing pants and top by Bill Blass, Turkey, 1966

Susan Murray wearing a slit print skirt and thin-strapped top by Emilio Pucci, 1966

Vogue, December 1966

Benedetta Barzini at Santa Maria di Gesu in Sicily, wearing a turquoise dress with a matching drawstring shaping a high waist by Leslie Fay and a wide brimmed turquoise hat by Till, 1967

Benedetta Barzini, 1967

Marisa Berenson, 1967

Model is standing between statues at the Villa Palagonia, Bagheria, Sicily, 1967

Samantha Jones in a caftan-inspired dress in colorful hand printed zigzag by Livio de Simone, rings and bracelets by Tiziani, India, Vogue, 1967

Samantha Jones, 1967

Simone D'Aillencourt in Emilio Pucci, 1967

Simone D'Aillencourt in Tiffeau, 1967

Simone D’Aillencourt, 1967

Sue Murray, Vogue summer look, Palermo, Italy, 1967

Maria Schiano in Revillion, 1968

Marina Schiano wearing a transparent evening chiffon pullover and pants in fuchsia by Adolfo, at Chichén Itzá, Mexico, outside the Temple of Warriors, 1968

Model wearing a blue coat with a circular pattern and a matching hat by Mila Schoen, 1968

Françoise Leroy, 1969

Marina Schiano, 1969

Marisa Berenson in Halston, 1969

Mary Ann Restivo, 1969

Model in a Bill Blass silk organza dress, 1969

Moyra Swan, 1969

Moyra Swan, 1969

Moyra Swan, 1969

(Photo © Henry Clarke)




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