‘THE NEW YORKER’ MAGAZINE VINTAGE COVERS

Written by  on July 20, 2013

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The ‘New Yorker’ magazine first appeared on newstands on February 21st 1925, published by Condé Nast; it is now printed 47 times annually.The magazine quite naturally focuses on the cultural life of New York City and contains  a mix of reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons and poetry; it also enjoys a wide audience outside of NYC. The ‘New Yorker’ is legendary for its illustrated covers, which often reflect the politics and social issues of the day – they are also quite fabulous and therefore I present this  vintage selection,  for your enjoyment!

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MARILYN MONROE – ‘NIAGRA’ COSTUME TESTS 1953

Written by  on July 18, 2013

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Here is a special treat, COLOUR high-res stills of Marilyn Monroe’s costume tests for the 1953 movie “Niagra”, a thriller-film noir directed by Henry Hathaway, also starring Joseph Cotton, Jean Peters and Max Showalter ; the movie is distinct in that it was  filmed in Technicolor (unlike other film noirs of the era) and for giving Marilyn lead-billing for the first time. The movie was one of Twentieth Century-Fox’s biggest hits of the year and saw Marilyn Monroe elevated to star-status overnight. marilync2

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Technicolour Movie-Dream Pin-Up: MARLENE DIETRICH

Written by  on July 17, 2013

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Marie Magdalene “Marlene” Dietrich ( 27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992)  the sultry German movie-goddess, actress and singer came to prominence in Berlin during the 1920’s, where she acted both on-stage and in silent films. Her big break came when she was cast as “Lola-Lola” in ‘The Blue Angel’, directed by Josef von Sternberg; the role brought her international fame and secured her a contract with Paramount Pictures in the United States.Dietrich enjoyed remarkable career longevity by continually re-inventing herself – professionally and characteristically. Big Hollywood movie productions  such as ‘Shanghai Express’ and ‘Desire’ capitalised on her overt glamour and exotic looks, while cementing her stardom and making her one of the highest-paid actresses of the period.

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MY (TECHNICOLOUR) HOLLYWOOD DREAM

Written by  on July 17, 2013

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Hooray For Hollywood! I’ve re-worked some classic images of favourite movie-stars who totally embody the classic (technicolour) Hollywood dream – I hope that you’ll enjoy!

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House Of Retro/Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images shown on this page; copyright remains with the respective owner(s).

THE ART OF BARNETT PLOTKIN

Written by  on July 16, 2013

bp1a  Barnett Plotkin is a distinguished American artist , a graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York and a life member of the Society Of Illustrators.His portfolio is extensive, varied and eclectic.For fifty years he worked as an commercial artist, even producing medical illustrations.His list of clients includes Wrangler Jeans, Citibank, Prudential, IBM, Swingline, Hunts Foods, US Steel, P. Lorillard, Medical Economics, The Franklin Library, and Bantam, Jove, Fawcett., Harlequin and NAL paperbacks and he has noteably provided paperback cover artwork for Ian Fleming’s iconic James Bond series. His work was featured  in the exhibition: “The Art and Culture of the American Labor Movement,” which opened in 1983 in the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin, and subsequently travelled throughout the major capitals of Western Europe for several years.Many of his portraits, landscapes, and drawings are currently held in private collections.

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   House Of Retro/Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images shown on this page; copyright remains with the respective owner(s).

RENE GRUAU’S ‘PORTRAITS OF MEN’

Written by  on July 14, 2013

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The legendary Mr René Gruau, born Renato Zavagli Ricciardelli delle Caminate in Rimini, Italy, (4 February 1909 –  31 March 2004) was a world-renowned   commercial artist whose talent and creative eye made  a lasting impact on both the fashion and advertising worlds in the twentieth century (and beyond). His overtly stylised illustrations (which were delivered with paints) were at the core of his innovative approach in selling clothes to the public, a modus-operandi which  would transform and change the business of fashion forever.Mr. Gruau is probably  remembered best for his sublime depictions of fashions from the ‘Golden Age’  of haute couture (images  which appeared in magazines around the world);   he was also an extremely talented illustrator/advocate  of men’s style, whose  work in the  genre captured the very essence of masculine appeal, elegance and sartorial taste .His first foray into menswear occured in 1938, when he was commissioned by  the London fashion house Olaf  to illustrate their men’s collection that year. It could be said  that Mr. Gruau was an early pioneer/exponent of what would eventually become known  as ‘street style’  (although admittedly, the streets and the life-styles he observed belonged to a small, yet affluent and privileged elite) for it was whilst reporting about an exclusive group of trend-setting men with adventurous & colourful sartorial tastes for style magazines of the day that Mr. Gruau  was able (overtime) to define the concept of  ‘modern menswear’.He observed what the ‘well-heeled’ man chose to wear  in the best restaurants and the most fashionable holiday resorts (both at home and abroad) then  avidly recorded/illustrated the outfits/looks  for  style-conscious gentlemen everywhere to view & read about in the journals. Some note that ‘Fashion photography’ has become the ‘new fashion illustration’, yet for me, fashion illustration (and in particular René Gruau’s portfolio of work) remain just as inspirational, relevant and alluring as they did back in the day.

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RENE GRUAU’S ‘PORTRAITS OF MEN’ : Text ©copyright 2013 Gary Alston

YESTERDAY IN HOLLYWOOD GALLERY #5

Written by  on July 13, 2013

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AVA GARDNER

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PAUL NEWMAN

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MARILYN MONROE

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FARLEY GRANGER

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LIZABETH SCOTT

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DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR

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JAMES CAAN

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ALEX CORD

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ANN MARGRET

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SAL MINEO

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DORIS DAY

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JAMES GARNER

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ELIZABETH TAYLOR

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KIRK DOUGLAS

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‘THE MISFITS’

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THOSE DAPPER GENTS!

Written by  on July 13, 2013

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A time of refinement,  manners, charm and class. A time of pride in one’s attire and impeccable sartorial taste.A time of dapper gents, affluence and sophistication. A time sadly, long since gone – but a time, an era, a social class, an IDEAL, that will live forever in the elegant fashion-plates of sartorialist and artist Lawrence Fellows.

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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER HAUTE COUTURE – PRINTEMPS-ETÉ 2013

Written by  on July 13, 2013

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Jean Paul Gaultier presented an exotic haute couture collection for spring/summer 2013 which invoked all the colour, magic and drama of India.This was evidenced in his use of a spicy and flamboyant colour palette  ( saffron yellow, curry green,  paprika red,  electric purple, cerise pink, gold, black and ivory) and in his choice of classic fabrics for the designs, such as crepe, organza, muslin, georgette, lace and, of course, silk and its variations – such as shantung.

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