Fashion Models in Swim Suits

by Toni Frissell

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Artist Statement

Never comfortable in the traditional studio setting, Toni Frissell was known for bringing fashion photography outside in an almost cinematic style. Fashion Models in Swim Suits, however, proves she was capable of creating a vivid story despite the neutral studio set. Frissell’s signature low-point perspective and use of light transform the curve of the backdrop into a distant beach horizon. Shot in 1950 for Harper’s Bazaar, Fashion Models in Swim Suits exemplifies Frissell’s trademark emphasis on active women. Her flipper-clad models don’t simply lounge in the sand, but rather seem to gaze out at the ready for the perfect wave in which to dive.       

Why We Love It

Shot in 1950 for Harper’s Bazaar, Fashion Models in Swim Suits features three seated, swimsuit-clad fashion models facing a seamless backdrop. This vintage photograph might not be what first comes to mind when the Toni Frissell fans out there think of her work—the renowned American artist and boys’ club crasher is perhaps best known for blending fashion photography with a sort of reportage, bringing her models out into the real world. Fashion Models in Swim Suits may have been captured in-studio, but it gives us a vantage point to appreciate some of Frissell’s other game-changing approaches to her field ... Read more on the blog!

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Innova Fibaprint Warm Cotton Gloss

Edition Structure:
8"x8" | edition of 10
11"x11" | edition of 250
16"x16" | edition of 50
20"x20" | edition of 10

Toni Frissell

Antoinette Frissell Bacon, known as Toni Frissell, was born in New York City in 1907. She trained as an actress and worked in advertising before beginning her career in photography in the early 1930s. Mostly self-taught, Frissell found work at Vogue first as a caption writer, then as a fashion photographer. From 1941 through 1950, she worked for Harper’s Bazaar, but her work for the American Red Cross and later the Women’s Army Corps during World War II encouraged her toward photojournalism. It was her varied experiences and her unconventional background in photography that led her to bring models out... Read More
of the studio and into the outdoors. Frissell’s style felt fresh, spontaneous, and active in a fashion world used to large format cameras and subjects standing still. Her “action-fashion” photographs were the beginning of a new trend in postwar fashion imagery. Frissell eventually tired of fashion photography, and shifted her career into more lifestyle and sports work for the likes of LIFE, Look, Vogue, and Sports Illustrated until her retirement in 1967. In 1971, she donated her photographs to the Library of Congress, making them available to the public. Frissell died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease in 1988, but her legacy lives on in her incredible work.
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