Sunday, July 14, 2013

Strike A Pose!

Here is a selection of just a few of my favourite poses from some sixties dollies that I think are really groovy, and I hope that you think so too. The poses that models adopted in this time are so different to what models use today. I would have loved to have been a model back in those days, and one of the very first poses that sparked this little dream of mine is that of which Jenny Boyd is employing in this picture of her modeling the "D Dress"  by Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin. 

I can only dream. 


Images: (1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.)

16 comments:

  1. Modelling was so much better back then; creative poses, pretty girls (and not skeletons).. I can imagine that they require more from the models than just being there. They had to strike a good pose and generally make the picture amazing as there was no photoshop to retouch it. I love the images, thank you for posting them! xxx

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    1. I agree - photography in the fashion world was so different back then. I would say that there was more of an 'art' to it in the sense of using light, shadow, lenses, filters and such to take the picture and then conducting the dark room processes to make a finished 'artwork' but a lot of people nowadays also consider the digitization of the photography world 'art' as well. Either way, it was very different indeed and I believe portrayed a more realistic depiction of the modelling world than what is shown to us today. I'm glad that you liked the pictures! xxx

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  2. That picture of Cathy McGowan kills me every time I see it! I love it so much I tried to copy it in my Pattie suit post.
    But back to these poses - i think they are far more interesting then the model pose today of pout or scowl. And the clothing was that it required poses to show that you could move and had freedom in them - especially as 50's models looked contorted and uncomfortable.
    Thanks for these fun images!

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    1. I know! That Cathy picture does me too, wasn't she just fabulous? I love how you used it in your Pattie suit post - you look great!
      I think these poses are far more interesting as well - so much more structural and filled with movement, creative too. And yes, they did fulfill the purposes showing the viewer that the clothes they were modelling enabled freedom of movement and play. Glad you enjoyed the post! xxx

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  3. Hi, Lucy! This is an excellent idea for a post and a superb picture set to support your premise. How did you find them all? I agree with Ana and Catherine. Models were prettier back then. They looked healthy, not skeletal, and their poses emphasized the range of motion the clothing styles afforded them. I hope you had a nice weekend, dear Lucy, and I wish you a happy week ahead!

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    1. Thank you very much! I found all the images through the archives of my Tumblr, some found through my own efforts and others were reblogged from other Tumblrs. There were many other images with great poses that I found, but I decided to only display ones in black and white to draw focus on the poses themselves rather than the colours in the image. You have a great week ahead too! xxx

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  4. I love these photos. Great post!!!

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  5. Peggy Moffitt and Edie Sedgwick, for the win!

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  6. Totally cool! You look like the model in the fourth picture (from the bottom) ;)

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    1. Ooh thank you very much, what a lovely compliment!

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  7. Wow, you're right about the poses being more imaginative back then. Nowadays fashion magazines all seem to be some variant of "sexy", but back then it seems they valued creative and artistic elements that went beyond just "attractive". I think Solanah at Vixen Vintage wrote in a post a while back about taking inspiration from poses in magazines contemporary to the time period she was trying to recreate, and if you look at her work, she does tend to include some novel elements, although nothing as wild as what you have here. Thanks for the great post.

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    1. Indeed. Vixen Vintage is a great blog that I enjoy reading, I definitely have a look for the post you have mentioned. And thank you, glad that you enjoyed the post!

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  8. I just love the model poses from the 60s, the images always look like fun. Great post! x

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  9. Amazing pics! So inspiring:)

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