Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Atelier: Madame Yevonde

Mrs Richard Hart-Davis as Ariel


Baroness Gagern as Europa


Lady Bridgett Poulett as Arethusa


Lady Anne Rhys as the goddess Flora


Mrs Anthony Eden as Clio, the Muse of History


Nadine, Countess of Shrewsbury as Ariadne


The Honorable Mrs Bryan Guinness as Venus


Mrs Edward Mayer as Medusa


Today I'm admiring this extraordinary 1935 series by English photographer Yevonde Cumbers Middleton (1893 - 1975). Known as Madame Yevonde, she was a pioneer of the use of colour in portrait photography. These particular portraits were inspired by a party held that same year, and feature society women dressed as mythological beings. See more portraits from the series here on Retronaut.

1 comment :

The Style Schedule said...

How fabulous... I love mythological references (classical civilizations in last year at high school would do that to you!)... I love them all!
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