I often turn to the incredible black and white photography of Henry Clarke to admire the fashion of the 50s, because he was able to capture the beauty of every woman he photographed, the quintessence of haute couture and the style of that era in such an elegant and unique way. His works were the epitome of sophistication and were published in the book L’élégance des Années Cinquante.
Henry Clarke worked with the French, English and American editions of Vogue for more than a quarter of a century. During the 60s, Diana Vreeland, editor-in-chief at Vogue US, sent him all over the world, from Mexico to India and Syria, for editorial shootings. His photography from that period splendidly integrated the innovative, fast-moving and colourful fashion of the decade into the exoticism and specific of the place, making the architectural and archeological sites an indelible setting for his no less memorable pictures. He left his entire archive to the Musée de la Mode et du Costume in Paris.