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Fashion Friday: Harper’s Bazaar, 1940

In 1940, Vivien Leigh appeared in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar as a fashion model. For Vivien, modeling designer clothing was nothing new. She’d been appearing in fashion magazines since the 1930s.

The photographer for this particular shoot was George Hoyningen-Huene, who was well-renowned in the field of fashion photography. The clothing came from Henri Bendel, a NYC based department store (which is still in business today).

In these photographs, Vivien wears two different velvet skirts, each topped with a lamé blouse. The first skirt is made from black, chiffon velvet. Chiffon velvet is simply a lighter weight than normally expected from velvet. To top off the skirt, Vivien wears a beautiful melon-pink blouse made from Bianchini silk. The lamé blouse ties in the middle, providing that cinched-waist look. The retail price of this outfit was $135.

In this next image, Vivien is pictured wearing a full skirt, made from black, rayon velvet. Vivien wears a silver lamé top, with a striking, silver lace trim around the collar, lapels and bottom of the blouse. I can only imagine how stunning both blouses would be in color! The retail price of this outfit was $165.

Lace detail below:

The gorgeous jewelry pictured in these photographs was created by Verdura. I’m simply in love with this amazing brooch!

Thanks for joining me for today’s Fashion Friday post!

Harper’s Bazaar, September 1st, 1940

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