Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Paul Parnes Suit - 1954

Photographer Gleb Derujinsky worked as a fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar in the 1950s and 60s.  In 1954, he was given an assignment to photograph tweed suits for an editorial spread.  His inspiration was to pose the models in front of the polished granite of a New York building.  The tweed juxtaposed with the granite gives interesting texture to all the photos.  Shown here is the best one of the bunch.

Paul Parnes designed this tweed suit.  The jacket is edged and decorated with black braid and the decorative gold buttons add just the right touch at the unusual closure.  Suit sold for $145 in 1954 (about $1,265 in today's dollar.)  Hat by Emme (and likely designed by Adolfo.)

Gleb Derujinsky and his wife died in a tragic car accident in their home town of Durango, Colorado in 2011.

Photo by Gleb Derujinsky for Harper's Bazaar, 1954.