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Beach Fashion in the 1950s

Written by Christopher • May 11th, 2009
Beach Fashion in the 1950s

Seeing summer is around the corner, why not catch up with the latest trends and styles in beach fashion for women. Here are a handful of beach fashion photos from Life Magazine circa 1955.

The photos were taken by film director, musician, journalist and photographer Gordon Parks who is mostly known for directing the 1971 blaxploitation movie Shaft starring Richard Roundtree.

Many people have no clue that he was also a acclaimed photographer that started his career by doing photo essays for Life Magazine who had noticed his photos of a young Harlem gang leader in back in 1948 and offered Parks a job with them, where he stayed for 20 years.

Here is the full beach fashion set from Life Magazine.

Thanks Fhardyfan


A Swedish expatriate and founder of Ultra Swank. Chris loves showcasing his passion for mid-century design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and modernist architecture. He's also renowned as a connoisseur of easy-listening music from the 60s and 70s.

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