6/17/12

Mini Skirt Monday #117: B&W Fashion Photography


"What a great many people still don't realize is the Look isn't just the garments you wear. It's the way you put your make-up on, the way you do your hair, the sort of stockings you choose, the way you walk and stand; even the way you smoke your fag."
-- Mary Quant, (1966)

If you've spent any length of time on Retrospace, you know I'm not much of a high fashion connoisseur.  Most of my fashion posts are either low-brow needlework pamphlets or amateur photographs.  Yet, the miniskirt had its moment in the sun during the late sixties, and to not have a Miniskirt Monday post with professional fashion shots wouldn't be doing the subject justice.  So, here it is.

Rather than bombard your already overworked CPU with a million fashion shots, I figured we'd take it easy and limit this round to black & white photographs only.  So, sit back and enjoy the minis!

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11 comments:

  1. Fashion photography in the mid-late 60s really became an art with the combination of British and French fashion, the first supermodels in Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Peggy Moffitt, Penelope Tree and the greatest photographers of women ever in the shape of David Bailey and Terrance Donovan. Good theme for today's MSM.

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  2. Interesting that the high-fashion minis weren't nearly as mini as the ordinary college-girl minis.

    Usually couture pulls every dimension to impossible extremes that nobody can actually wear.

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    1. AnonymousJune 19, 2012

      I thought the same when looking over these photos. A look through the photos in my high school yearbook from the early '70s shows much higher hemlines than in this post.

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  3. on this pic-> http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8160/7281407100_2abc86501e_b.jpg

    if she were wearing roller skates or ice skates, i could understand that pose, since she isn't, i'm baffled at how or why anyone would pose like that.

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    1. Maybe she's on a follow-through after a shot put...

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  4. I love the mini-coats. Something about those I really like. Is it the hint that there's nothing underneath? I'm not sure.

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  5. I really don't care for the high-fashion look or B&W photography, for that matter. Give me low-brow amateur color photography any day.

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  6. I love these photos! Mini skirts were much classier looking back then. Nowadays girls wear them with flip flops...which I think really makes them look more like trailer trash.

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    1. Agreed... when you're in a mini, you should look like you want to look good. Follow that simple rule, and even the... ah... girls who maybe shouldn't wear minis... still look great in them. Attitude counts for a lot.

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    2. AnonymousJune 20, 2012

      Thank you! I'm not a big fan of that look at all, or of the latest trend which is to wear minis and heels with no hose. Ugh, always looks like the wearer got dressed in a hurry, and especially with some women having scars on knees, or worse, "Casper legs" as I call them, so white that they can be seen from space.

      I saw a young lady like that in Monterey this weekend. Very nice outfit, well-shaped legs, nice shoes, but legs as white as milk. Ugh.

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