Pretty Pretty Pastels

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Nadja Auermann, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford & Stephanie Seymour, Photo by Richard Avedon, Versace’s Fall 1994 Campaign.

I am not a pastel girl. At all. I am that girl that walks out of the house in pale pink and a gob of dirt magically sails through the air at me and attaches itself to me like glue. By the time I get home I get home I am a covered in smudges and sots without even trying and despite trying hard not to have that happen. There are women out there that love in this pale, chic world though. Their houses are chic shades of creams and pales blues and they waft about in pastels cashmere and wool and wear white from head to toe. Color to them is one shade south of monotone and Easter is their pagan holiday. In admiration of those girls take a jaunt with me through the decades and see how those pastel loving girls have evolved.


(L) Baden garden, Germany, June 1928. (R) 1940s.


(L) Harper's Bazaar, January 1942. (R) Lana Turner, 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', 1946.


(L) Pink Suit, 1946. (R) Photo by Cecil Beaton, 1948.


(L) Pink Dior dress being modeled in Paris, Photo by Robert Capa, 1948.  (R) Dovima in Balenciaga, Harper’s Bazaar, Photo by Richard Avedon, December 1950.


(L) Robert Piquet gown, 1950s. (R) Dress by Ceil Chapman, 1950s.


(L) Model wearing Madame Grès, 1950s. (R) 1950s.


(L) Photo by Constantin Joffé, Vogue, May 1951. (R) Fiona Campbell-Walter in an afternoon dress by Nina Ricci, L’Art et la Mode, 1952.


(L) Barbara Mullen and Sherry Nelms in vintage pastels for Vogue, 1953. (R) 1953.


(L) Good Housekeeping, 1954. (L) Junior Fashions by Betty Barclay, 1954.


(L) 1955. (R) Barbara Mullen & Ivy Nicholson, Photo by Henry Clarke, Vogue, 1956.


(L) Christian Dior adjusting a dress on a model in his Paris Salon, February 1957. (R) Vanity Fair, May 1957.


(L) Evelyn Trip, 1958. (R) Model Joanna McCormick in a designer ball gown, Photo by Horst P. Horst, 1958.


(L) 1958. (R) 1960s.




(L) Spring Fashion, LIFE Magazine, 1961. (R) Jean Shrimpton, Photo by Cecil Beaton, 1964.


(L) Charles of the Ritz Face Powder Ad, 1962. (R) Mademoiselle, Photo by Louis Faurer, 1964.


(L) 1966. (R) Burda Moden, March 1967.


(L) Christian Dior Dresses, Photo by Patrick Bertand, L'Officiel, Spring 1968. (R) Ungaro, 1968.




(L) Pastel Plaids, 1970s. (R) Prom Dresses, 1970s.


(L) Beverly Johnson in a Halston Gown, 1970s. (R) Angora'd Babysweaters, 1972.


(L) Louise Despointes, Photo by Peter Knapp, Vogue UK, June 1972. (R) Twiggy, 1972.


Halston, American Vogue, 1972.


(L) 1973. (R) Photo by Barry Lategan, Vogue UK, 1975.


(L) New Idea, January 1976. (R) L’Officiel France, 1980.


Perry Ellis, Spring 1980.


(L) Linda Evangelista for Anne Klein, 1980s. (R) Cosmopolitan, October 1983.


(L) Olivia Newton John, 1983. (L) Princess Diana, 1983.


Kenzo Paris, Models Kim with Veronica Webb on left, Cecilia Chancellor on right. Photo by Peter Lindbergh, Fall/Winter 1985/86.


Christy Turlington, 'The New Pastels', Photos by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, 1990.


(L) Christy and Linda for Chanel, Photo by Karl Lagerfeld, 1991. (R) Gianni Versace, Spring/Summer 1991.


Karen Mulder and Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, Photos by Patrick Demarchelier, Styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Vogue, February 1991.


(L) Thierry Mugler, ELLE, March 1991. (R) Carla Bruni and Karen Mulder for Gianni Versace, Fall 1992.


(L) Helena Christensen, Thierry Mugler, 1992. (R) Kate Moss, Photo by Lance Staedler, Glamour France, 1992.


(L) Madonna, Photo by Steven Meisel, Vanity Fair US, October 1992. (R) Amber Valletta, Harper's Bazaar US, June 1993.


Kate Moss, Photos by Corinne Day, Vogue UK, January 1993.


Kate Moss, Vogue UK, December 1993.


Amber Valletta, Photos by Paolo Roversi, “Juste Une Envie” Glamour France, September 1994.


(L) Drew Barrymore, Photo by Ellen von Unwerth, 1994. (R) Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, & Carla Bruni, Photog by Steven Meisel, Vogue, 1994.


(L) Stephanie Seymour for Versace, Photo by Richard Avedon, 1994. (R) Guinevere Van Seenus, Photo by Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel Fall 1996.

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