Vintage Style #31: Fashion Spreads

Fashion magazines aren't my favorite source of imagery since they rarely show anything people actually wore.  I'd rather look at a yearbook or Sears catalog and stroll down memory lane than look through an old Cosmo for outfits that were never worn off the catwalk.

That being said, it still can be fun to check out some of the wonderfully over-the-top attire in these fashion spreads.  And sometimes it's not so much the styles as it is the creative photography that makes it interesting....
This next series (#1-4), for instance, obviously is trying to get some sort of visceral reaction by having the models among Third World scenes.  Something just doesn't feel right about it, though.  First World excesses beside real poverty and human struggle just doesn't do it for me.




#5-8 Are going for a "playful" feel, I guess.  However, it comes off as a bit more odd than carefree.  What the theme here is, I don't have a clue: a unicycle and ladders?




 Maybe it's just my inner geek surfacing, but I dig the strange sci-fi thing they've got going on in #10-13. (Note: the post header image is also from this spread.)



The April 1971 Look magazine has such a fly fashion spread, I simply had to share. The article highlights a few black fashion designers, and they definitely deliver the goods. Take note: the model in the last picture is Barbara Carrera (Never Say Never Again and the recently reviewed Love at Stake).




This last spread, if memory serves, is from the early eighties (so, technically doesn't fall within "That 70s Style"), but it's close enough.  I feel this is the perfect demonstration of how ridiculous some of these spreads could get.  Nowadays, I think they shoot for controversy via explicit sexuality or taboo smashing.  Back then, they just acted stupid, I guess, and hoped for a reaction.






  1. AnonymousJuly 19, 2012

    Wow ! Here I thought I had seen all the available photos of the Automodule bubble car, thanks Gilligan !


  2. Wow. These are amazingly great!

    Except #1-4 those are just...creepy. Was "Colonial Chic" actually a thing there for a minute?

  3. What issue are these from?