Photograph, John French

Photograph, John French

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

This photograph 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 models shown here are wearing clothes for the office or workplace. They are easily dated to the 1960s, however, 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.