Category: 50s fashion

Sunny Harnett In Saks Fifth Avenue Resort wearing sleeveless white Moygashel linen five button dress with bamboo-printed silk jacket in red and pink draped over one shoulder, accented with turquoise and diamond jewelry designed by David Webb for Vogue, photographed by Horst P. Horst, 1954

Horst P. Horst. ‘Outfit by Tina Leser’ Vogue, April 1950

Capucine at the Café de la Paix by Georges Dambier – 1952, Paris

Hat by Jacques Fath – photographed by Willy Maywald – 1953

Sunny Harnett on the beach at Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1950 by John Rawlings

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Philippe Halsman in 1952

Jean Patchett (in a suit by Deitsch & Conti) photographed for “Vogue” by Horst P. Horst, September, 1953

Dovima, photo Richard Avedon, 1957

Model in a Christian Dior dress outside of the Louvre Metro station, Paris. Photographed by Mark Shaw for LIFE Magazine 1957


R&B guitar duo Mickey & Sylvia (1956-1958)

In 1955 Mickey Baker (1925-2012) formed Mickey & Sylvia

with his guitar student Sylvia Vanderpool (1936-2011). Their biggest hit was “Love is Strange” in 1956.

It topped Billboard’s R&B chart for two weeks and reached No. 11 on the Hot 100. They followed up with “There Oughta Be a Law,” which hit the R&B top 10 but would be the duo’s last big hit. They split up in 1959 but would record together off and on into the mid-60s. More than a decade later, Vanderpool under her married name, Sylvia Robinson would

be dubbed The Mother of Hip Hop. She helped introduce the world to rap music as founder Sugar Hill Records. The act she discovered, Sugarhill Gang, recorded rap’s first national hit single, “Rapper’s Delight,” in 1979.