Fashion and Photography!

Hey Everyone,

Hope you're all well! I've already done a guest post for Laura from A Day in the Life of. Check out her blog and keep a lookout for my post. Think she's gonna put it up on Friday and it's all about MAC Foundations!

So I wasn't sure what to post on here today, but I wanted to share my love for David Bailey and the Swinging 60s with you guys!

During my course at the London College of Fashion, they took us from the 1920s up until today, teaching us all about make up in each era. My favourite decade was definitely the 60s! I think the make up and fashion from that time is so cool, I wish I'd grown up in the 60s! (Even though that would make me really old now!).

Anyway as part of my course I done a presentation on the photographer David Bailey, and I wanted to share it with you guys. His work is truly amazing and I'm really ashamed I didn't know more about him before!

David Bailey was born in Leytonstone, London on the 2nd of January 1938. 

He left college at the age of 15. 

In 1956 he was called up for National Service and served with the RAF in Singapore in 1957.When he was in Singapore he bought his 1st camera. 

In 1958 he returned to London, determined to pursue a career in photography...

In 1960, David Bailey was contracted as fashion photographer for British Vogue. 

If you get the chance I'd really recommend watching 'We'll Take Manhatten'.

This drama tells the story of how the Editor's at Vogue sent Bailey to New York. He was asked to shoot mid-priced British fashion against the New York City backdrop.

It was vital that this assignment was a success because it was the first time the American Vogue had invited British Vogue to the USA.

Bailey went against the brief given to him (making the Editor from Vogue magazine who travelled with them very angry!).
He travelled the model Jean Shrimpton. They had no hair or make up artist. All they used was Bailey's camera (no tripod!) and the only prop was Jean Shrimptons teddy bear. David Bailey was actually married at the time, but he was having an affair with Jean Shrimpton.

The images from their shoot in New York are brilliant, and I wanted to post them for you guys. I hope you like them as much as I do!

This was a groundbreaking assignment. Youth culture was growing in the UK at the time. Young British Vogue readers had new spending power and this photo shoot really changed the way fashion was portrayed. 

The shoot made Jean Shrimpton famous all over the world and paved the way for other supermodels like Twiggy to follow. It also established David Bailey as one of the finest photographers of our time.

Just so you get an idea, in the 50s, magazines featured models in stiff poses wearing twinsets and pearls, as you can see in the 3 pics below.

 David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton changed all that, and kick started the Swinging 60s which we've all heard of! 

Here on the left you can see another picture. It's the Vogue Cover of June 1962 (Jean Shrimpton by David Bailey)

You can clearly see a difference in the style of photography and fashion between the 50s and 60s!
Let me know which one you prefer!

 At the height of his fame, David Bailey shot 800 pictures for Vogue magazine in one year! He helped create Swinging London, and became one of the first photographers to become as famous as the celebrities he photographed.

Amongst other celebs, he has photgraphed Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones and The Beatles!

The pic below is Mick Jagger, looks a lot like Liam and Noel Gallagher to me!

I think they must've done a similar shoot, couldn't find the pics tough!

And here's the late John Lennon from the Beatles by David Bailey:

David Bailey is still working to this day. He has visited Afghanistan to photograph troops, raising money for the Help For Heroes charity. Last year, he was awarded a CBE for his services to photography.

I know it's not your usual beauty blogger post, but I loved learning about David Bailey, and as all of my followers are probably into make up and fashion like me, I thought you might enjoy it too! Let me know what you think, and thanks for reading!

Nuala xxx

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  1. Love this, like i said earlier xx

    1. Yay glad you like it hon! I love the photography the pis are brilliant :) xx

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  4. Isn't that the Rolling Stones not the Beatles?

  5. It is indeed. Thanks for pointing it out I changed the picture! :)


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