Fashion Research Network  and Fashion Studies Alliance

Lecture Monday 6th August

Turning the Page: The American Magazine at Mid-Century 

by John-Michael O’Sullivan

Irving Penn

Irving Penn, Dorian Leigh and Evelyn Tripp, Vogue, January 1950​


Time/Date: 18.30 – Monday 6th August
Venue: Fashion Institute of Technology Pomerantz Building, D207 27th St. and 7th Ave. New York, NY 10001
RSVP to:  fashionstudiesalliance@gmail.com
Details:Turning the Page: the American Magazine at Midcentury – Lecture by John-Michael O’Sullivan

In January 1950, Vogue put an Erwin Blumenfeld photograph of Jean Patchett on its cover. With its combination of elegance, attitude and drama, it has become an enduring, definitive image of its time. But Vogue represented only a single facet of a far more complex picture. The midcentury newsstand was a diverse, intensely competitive marketplace, reflecting a kaleidoscopic view of midcentury lifestyle, culture and attitudes. From high-fashion to teenager, and from mainstream to avant-garde, this talk will explore the conflicting visions of America presented by magazines at the start of a brave new decade. It will also look at magazine covers from January 1950 in the context of their creators — both those behind, and in front of, the camera.

John-Michael O’Sullivan is an architect and writer, with a particular interest in the worlds of postwar fashion, photography and modeling. A regular contributor to Esquire and The Observer, he is currently writing a biography of Barbara Mullen, one of the top fashion models of that period.

This event is followed by an FSA members-only private tour of FIT Library Special Collections and College Archives to follow. Limited capacity, please sign in at event for this portion of the evening. Website: https://www.fashionstudiesalliance.org/

Event – Turning the Page: The American Magazine at Mid-Century, 6th August 2018, New York, USA

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