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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

The New Look: 1949

The New Look: 1949

June 1949. "Fashion model posing in evening gown on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial against backdrop of Tidal Basin and Washington Monument." Photo by Toni Frissell, of "Floating Lady" fame. View full size.

 

Check out my color version.

No complaint on her figure

She looks like the prototype for Audrey Hepburn, one of the most glamorous people ever to be seen on the big screen.

With apologies to Mae

Is that a monument on the horizon? Or is Washington just glad to see her?

Absolutely the New Look!

Everything about this very graceful photo says current day America! Clothing style and upswept hair are all back. The plunging neckline must have been a rarity back then, yet we see that everywhere now. This beautiful young model must now be an octogenarian -- how fast time goes!

She is

perfect.

Sensuous

Her neck is too long for, ummm, what? Even the obelisk becomes suggestive. Beautiful.

You can't be too rich.

Or have a neck too long.

Red carpet look

Subtract the gloves, and that dress could be worn on the red carpet by a Hollywood actress for a modern-day awards show. The look is just as beautiful now as it was 64 years ago.

P.S. to Mr Mel:

Neck too long? No problem! Nowadays, the Photoshop team at Vogue will take care of that long neck before the issue goes to print!

Nobody's Perfect

Her neck is too long.

 
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