40 Stunning Fashion Photos Taken During the 1920s and 1930s

Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was a Luxembourgian American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. He began by studying pictorialist photography and his early work expressed the romanticism of the early 20th century with artful, dark, and foggy images of the countryside.

His photos of gowns for the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911 are regarded as the first modern fashion photographs ever published. From 1923 to 1938, Steichen was a photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair while also working for many advertising agencies including J. Walter Thompson. During these years, Steichen was regarded as the best known and highest paid photographer in the world.

Joan Bennett, 1928
Beach wear, 1925
1932
Katharine Hepburn, 1933
Gertrude Lawrence, 1928
Vogue 1926
Model at left in a wool suit by Edward Molyneux; the one at right in a two-piece dress by Drecoll, 1926.
American singer, dancer and actress Jane Powell standing in front of a Cadillac 370-D Fleetwood, 1935
Vogue 1934
Dorothy Smart is wearing a black velvet hat by Madame Agnès, 1926
Marlene Dietrich, 1931
Vogue 1926. Model and photographer, Marion Morehouse is wearing black sequined dress by Chanel.
Louise Brooks, 1928
Lee Miller, wearing Chanel with a Caroline Reboux hat, 1928
Lee Miller, 1928
Dolores Del Rio, 1929
Marlene Dietrich, 1932
December 1923
Two models on the deck of the cruise ship liner Lurline, 1934
Helen Hayes, 1931
English stage actress Mary Taylor wearing a white angora hat with grosgrain band by Maria Guy, striped rough silk ensemble, and dark shirred scarf, with reflection in mirror behind her.
British actress Merle Oberon, Vogue 1935
Amelia Earhart
1933
Martha Graham, 1931
Helen Hayes
Gloria Swanson, 1924
Dolores Costello, 1927
Dolores del Rio
Dorothy Gish, 1931
Eleanor Boardman, 1928
Estelle Winwood, 1923
Constance Talmadgeent, 1924
Claire Luce, 1928
Beatrice Lily, 1926
Danish actress Gwili Andre. Vogue, 1936.
Greta Garbo, 1928
Joan Crawford wearing Elsa Schiaparelli, Vogue October 1932
Loretta Young
September 1934

(Photos by Edward Steichen)

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