Wednesday, December 15, 2010

7 Important American Designers, 1954

So often we read about American fashion designers from the 1950s, and we love to drool over the clothes they made, but we have no idea what the designers themselves looked like. I stumbled across this photo which was part of an ad for Chrysler cars in 1954. The ad headline states, "7 top fashion designers find Chrysler Corporation's 1955 cars a stimulating new concept of good design."

Click on the picture to enlarge and you'll see the faces behind the clothes.

From left to right: Tim Brigance, Anne Fogarty, Clare Potter, Lily Daché, Nettie Rosenstein, Pauline Trigere, and Claire McCardell.

5 comments:

edgertor said...

fogarty has the tiniest waist! holy crap!

i love seeing these folks bc their own style does mirror their creations--and mccardell looks so laid back.

i'd love to see more of brigance's work, i've only mostly seen his swimsuits.

Helene said...

Please take note: Only one of the people there is a man. If you took that photograph today, how many women would be there now? What would the proportion be?

K.Line said...

Wow - what an awesome photo!

Leah said...

What a great find! I'm sure this was not just a one-off and there had to have been other ad campaigns featuring fashion designers... such an intriguing concept. Would love to hear if you find more.

xoxo,
Leah
http://couturearabesque.blogspot.com/

lori said...

It's amazing how modern Trigere and McCardell look. Both of them could go out looking exactly like that today and be fine.

And I love Fogarty and Potter as well, but they are very of their time.

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