Photograph of British Female Celebrities, John French

Photograph of British Female Celebrities, John French

Photograph of British Female Celebrities
John French (1906-66)
1960s
London
John French Archive, V&A JF6743/4

This photograph, featuring Cilla Black, Lulu, Marianne Faithfull, Julie Grant, the Vernon sisters and others, was taken by fashion photographer John French. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s he shot the latest fashions for magazines and newspapers, and he usually photographed affordable, high-street ranges that many teenagers would be able to buy.

The celebrities shown here are easily dated to the 1960s because of their hair and make up. They sport bouffant styles, back-combed for a full, bee-hive shape, and heavy fringes. Their lipstick is pale but their eyes are accentuated with thick, black kohl eyeliner.