RAPTUROUS RED!

Written by  on February 25, 2013 

Red is my favourite colour – along with black and white, it also happens to be one of the signature colours of Haute Couture.The colour red is at once bold, powerful, flamboyant, daring, exciting and passionate – a physically inspiring shade which focuses attention quickly, whilst inspiring enthusiasm, excitement and creating empowerment; it goes without saying that it is also  intrinsically linked to ambition.In different cultures around the world, red represents different meanings – in China for example, it denotes happiness, good fortune and prosperity,  in South Africa it signifies mourning and in America it symbolises patriotism.Given its expressive, lively and highly-visible nature, it should come as no surprise to you to discover that the fashion world has used this shade extensively throughout the decades.This feature focuses mainly on the colour’s use in 1950’s haute couture;  along with its many other attributes, you will see that red is also an extremely VERSATILE hue!

ANNE ST MARIE BY WILLIAM BELL

MODEL ANNE ST MARIE BY WILLIAM BELL FOR AMERICAN VOGUEIMAGE  ©copyright VOGUE/CONDÉ NAST

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MODEL SUZY PARKER WEARS NORMAN NORELL 1952 PHOTOGRAPH: MILTON H GREENE

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VINTAGE SUPERMODEL SUZY PARKER

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HARPERS BAZAAR JULY 1953

EVELYN TRIPP COAT BY NETTIE ROSENSTEIN

MODEL EVELYN TRIPP, COAT BY NETTIE ROSENSTEIN, JEWELLERY BY CARTIER

IMAGE  ©copyright HARPERS BAZAAR 1953

Jean Patchett

MODEL JEAN PATCHETT

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MODEL FIONA CAMPBELL-WALTER IN DIOR’S ‘RED PEPPER’ 1953

Dorian Leigh

MODEL DORIAN LEIGH

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VINTAGE SUPERMODEL DOVIMA

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pierre blmain 1956

PIERRE BALMAIN SUIT 1956

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MODEL ANNE GUNNING

Red Suit

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PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD RUTLEDGE FOR VOGUE CONDÉ NAST 1954 IMAGE  ©copyright VOGUE/CONDÉ NAST 1954

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AUDREY HEPBURN ‘FUNNY FACE’

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MODEL WEARS  RED VELVET CHANEL GOWN 1955

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CHRISTIAN DIOR 1957

COURTYARD COUR de ROHAN  PHOTOGRAPH  ©copyright MARK SHAW 1955

Cecil Beaton 1953

CECIL BEATON PHOTOGRAPH 1953

Dovima Modess 1953

MODEL DOVIMA FOR MODESS 1953

IMAGE  ©copyright VOGUE/CONDÉ NAST

ANNE ST MARIE BALMAIN HAT

MODEL ANNE ST MARIE WEARS BALMAIN HAT

IMAGE  ©copyright VOGUE/CONDÉ NAST

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BALMAIN RED LINEN SUIT 1953

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PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD RUTLEDGE 1953

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red umbrella

red ladies

Red Picasso

RED PICASSO STUDIO

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RICHARD RUTLEDGE PHOTOGRAPH FOR VOGUE/CONDÉ NAST JANUARY 1958

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PHOTOGRAPH BY LEOMBRUNO BODI

IMAGE  ©copyright VOGUE/CONDÉ NAST 1958

LOUISE DAHL 1960sPHOTOGRAPH BY LOUISE DAHL-WOLFE

IMAGE  ©copyright VOGUE/CONDÉ NAST

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ILLUSTRATION BY ERICA

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‘SUMMER IN RED’: FASHION ILLUSTRATION BY ERICA

LOUISE DAHL HARPERS

LOUISE DAHL-WOLFE: COVER PHOTOGRAPH FOR HARPERS BAZAAR SEPTEMBER 1941

IMAGE  ©copyright HARPERS BAZAAR 1941

Trifari 1956 - Jean Patchett

MODEL JEAN PATCHETT TRIFARI ADVERT 1956

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IMAGE  ©copyright AMERICAN ARTIST 1956

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IMAGE  ©copyright VOGUE/CONDÉ NAST

ANNE ST MARIE

MODEL ANNE ST MARIE BY WILLIAM BELL FOR AMERICAN VOGUE

IMAGE  ©copyright VOGUE/CONDÉ NAST

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IMAGE  ©copyright VOGUE/CONDÉ NAST 1949

‘RAPTUROUS RED’ text ©copyright Gary Alston 2013

Category : RETRO-SPECTIVE!

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