Retro LIFE Magazine

Nico, (born Christa Paffgen) was a popular fashion model and later lead singer of the The Velvet Underground.  She was photographed in 1960 for LIFE in the apartment  of Parisian interior designer Henry Samuel.

A Dior gown photographed for LIFE in 1960.  The ornate interior is the 17th century home of Suzanne Luling,  then directrice of Dior.

Two models wearing couture gowns in a grand Parisian residence; an outtake from a story photographed for LIFE in 1958.

  1. These photos are simply amazing! I wish we had even one-tenth of the style they had back then…
    I am a painter, and although I work in all sorts of subject matter, one of my main passions is painting women’s hats, from the Depression era right through the Kennedy years. It seems to me that there was once a time when clothing and decor was much more stylized…and imaginative.

      • The Blog
      • July 15th, 2010

      We couldn’t agree with you more! 🙂

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