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Stunning Fashion Photography by Regina Relang from the 1950s

Regina Relang began working for Vogue in 1938, publishing photographs in the French, American, and British editions. Among other publications, she contributed to Die, Dame, Madame (magazine), Harper’s Bazaar, Film und Frau, and Constanze.

In her career, she photographed the women’s fashion of Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, and Yves Saint-Laurent and reported haute couture shows from Paris and Rome. A large part of what makes her work so special is that she uses natural settings to show off the designs in a way that contrasts with them.

Jean Patchett, Linda Morand, Ina Balke, Isa Stoppi, Elsa Martinelli, Simone D’Aillencourt, and Suzy Parker were among the models photographed by Relang. In 1972, she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, and in 1973, the David Octavius Hill Medal.

Regina Relang died in Munich in 1989. During the 1950s, she took photos of classic models in black and white.

#1 Gisela Ebel in a dress by Heinz Schulze-Varell, photo by Regina Relang, Munich, 1950

#2 Gisela Ebel in dress by Heinz Schulze-Varell, photo by Regina Relang, Munich, 1950

#3 Gisela-Ebel-Penkert wearing butterfly glasses, photo by Regina Relang, 1950

#4 Alia in suit by Christian Dior, Paris, 1951 by Regina Relang

#5 Gisela Ebel and another model wearing designs by Horn, photo by Regina Relang, Berlin, 1951-52

#6 Jacqueline Marsel in finely plisséd dress opened into a cocoon, by Elsa Schiaparelli, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1951

#7 Jacqueline Marsel wearing a dress by Elsa Schiaparelli, photo by Regina Relang, 1951

#8 Model and store mannequin at Elsa Schiaparelli’s store, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1951

#9 Model in a dress by Elsa Schiaparelli, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1951

#10 Model in pleated hat by Elsa Schiaparelli, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1951

#11 Model in suit and a whimsical cap with braid by Elsa Schiaparelli, photo by Regina Relang outside Schiaparelli’s store, Paris, 1951

#12 Model in winter jacket by Staebe-Seger, photo by Regina Relang, Berlin, 1951

#13 Model wearing hat by Jacques Fath sitting by the river Seine, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1951

#14 Capucine in embroidered organdy dress with matching bolero jacket by Givenchy, photo by Regina Relang, 1952

#15 Gitta Schilling in organdy evening gown by Jacques Griffe, photo by Regina Relang, Spring, 1952

#16 Helga Viermann, photo by Regina Relang, Munich, 1952

#17 Ivy Nicholson with straw hats by Emilio Pucci on the isle of Capri, photo by Regina Relang, 1952

#18 Model in hat by Jean Dessès, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1952

#19 Model is wearing a strapless lace cocktail dress by the Fontana Sisters, photo by Regina Relang, Rome, 1952

#21 Ivy Nicholson in evening gown by Jacques Griffe, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1953

#22 Rose Marie Reid in a cocktail ensemble by Jacques Fath, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1953

#23 Stella Tenbrook in suit by Jacques Fath, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1953

#24 Zemire’ modeled by Dior house model Renée Breton, Paris, photograph by Regina Relang, 1954

#25 Lydia at night in Berlin, photo by Regina Relang, 1954

#26 Marie-Therese in Balmain’s white ermine blouse, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1954

#27 Model wearing hat by Jean Barthet, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1954

#28 Suzy Parker, photo by Regina Relang, Berlin, 1954

#29 “Die Perlenkette” (the pearl necklace), models Marie-Hélène and Dany, photo by Regina Relang, 1955

#30 Joan Whelan in lovely dress with velvet detail by Simonetta, photo by Regina Relang, 1955

#31 Joan Whelan is wearing a coat by Simonetta, photo by Regina Relang, Florence, Italy, 1955

#32 Model in Christian Dior’s Y-Line dress called “Blue de Perse”, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1955

#33 Model in full-skirted flounced petal-dress by Capucci, photo by Regina Relang, 1955

#34 Моdel wearing black ice cap with flowers by Jean Barthet, photo Regina Relang, Paris, 1955

#35 Joan Whelan in beach cover-up by Bessie Becker, photo by Regina Relang, Ischia, Italy, Constanze Modeheft, Spring/Summer 1956

#36 Joan Whelan in beachwear by Bessie Becker, photo by Regina Relang, Ischia, Italy, 1956

#37 Joan Whelan in beachwear by Bessie Becker, photo by Regina Relang, Ischia, Italy, 1956

#38 Helga Viermann in hat by Ina Boeckler, photo by Regina Relang, 1957

#39 Model in charming beachwear, photo by Regina Relang for Brigitte, October 1957

#40 Model is wearing a dress by Bessie Becker, photo by Regina Relang, 1957

#41 Gitta Schilling wearing hat by Laroche, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1958

#42 Model in a dress by Lanvin-Castillo, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1958

#43 Gitta Schilling in Balmain’s cocktail dress from his Perle Oceane collection, photo by Regina Relang, Spring 1959

#44 Gitta Schilling in houndstooth tunic and skirt by Uli Richter, photo by Regina Relang, 1959

#45 Ina Balke in lovely evening dress by Simonetta, photo by Regina Relang, 1959

Written by Jacob Aberto

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