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May 5, 2024

Impressive Fashion Photography by George Hoyningen-Huene in the 1930s

Born 1900 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, fashion photographer George Hoyningen-Huene had already worked his way up to chief of photography of the French Vogue where he was mentor to up-and-coming photographers including Fran├žois Tuefferd in 1925.

Fashion photography by George Hoyningen-Huene in the 1930s

In 1935, Hoyningen-Huene moved to New York City where he did most of his work for Harper’s Bazaar. He published two art books on Greece and Egypt before relocating to Hollywood, where he earned a living by shooting glamorous portraits for the film industry.

Hoyningen-Huene also worked in Hollywood in various capacities in the film industry, working closely with George Cukor, notably as special visual and color consultant for the 1954 Judy Garland movie A Star Is Born. He served a similar role for the 1957 film Les Girls, which starred Kay Kendall and Mitzi Gaynor, the Sophia Loren film Heller in Pink Tights, and The Chapman Report.

Hoyningen-Huene died in 1968 at 68 years of age in Los Angeles. These vintage photos are part of his work that George Hoyningen-Huene took fashion portraits of classic beauties in the 1930s.

Art in fashion, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, Paris, circa 1930

Beach fashion, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, circa 1930

Gail Patrick, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, circa 1930

Lee Miller, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1930

Agneta Fischer, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1931

Lee Miller in a gown by Jeanne Lanvin, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1931

Fashion study for Harper's Bazaar by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1932

Fashion study for Harper's Bazaar by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1932

Lee Miller modeling Lanvin, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, Paris, October 1932

Madame Hilling wears Lanvin’s Russian diadem of ebony and silver metal, and quilted silver sleeves, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, Vogue, October 1, 1933

Katharine Hepburn wearing a white t-shirt lying in the grass, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, Vanity Fair, 1934

Mle. de Laveaucoufet in ensemble by Jane Réguy (left) and Mme. Hassan in ensemble by O. Rossen, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1934

Model in hat of bird of paradise feathers by Madame Agnès (milliner), spangled jacket by Maggy Rouff, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, Harper's Bazaar, 1935

Model is wearing black velvet jacket and gold lamè harem pants from Bergdorf Goodman, diamond bracelets and ring from Tiffany's, photo by Hoyningen-Huene, Harper's Bazaar, December 1935

Fashion study for Harper's Bazaar by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1936

Lisa Fonssagrives by George Hoyningen-Huene, circa 1936

Model in Madeleine Vionnet's crinoline of black net with bands of chenile and diamond bracelets from Tiffany's, photo by Hoyningen-Huene, Harper's Bazaar, May 1936

Model in Vionnet's halter neck evening dress with an enormous black silk net skirt with net rosettes, important diamond bracelet by Tiffany's, photo by Hoyningen-Huene, Harper's Bazaar, October 1936

Lisa Fonssagrives in fashion photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, circa 1938

Ski-fashion, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, circa 1938

"Infanta" evening dress of ivory silk satin and black silk velvet inspired by Velazquez's "Infanta Margarita", photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, Harper's Bazaar, September 15, 1939

Fashion study by George Hoyningen-Huene, circa 1939

Model in gold reefer jacket by Mainbocher, gloves by Hattie Carnegie, photo by George Hoyningen-Huene, Harper's Bazaar, 1939

Model in Persian lamb coat and cyclamen-colored felt hat by Suzy, diamond earrings and American-Deco spray-of-diamonds clip by Tiffany, photo by Hoyningen-Huene, Harper's Bazaar, December 1939

Model is wearing coral crèpe "sunpleated' evening dress by Jay-Thorpe with Tiffany brooch composed of two diamond clips, photo by Hoyningen-Huene, Harper's Bazaar, January 1939

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