I am a huge fan of Melvin Sokolsky. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet him a few years ago at a private After-Opening Dinner hosted by Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles. I got to sit next to Melvin during the dinner and talk to him about his amazing career! And to top the night off, my husband, Tony, caught this amazing image of the also Very Famous fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth taking a photo of me with Melvin Sokolsky! It is truly one of my most treasured images. What an incredible souvenir from a magical evening!
I am a lucky girl because after many years of wishing for a piece by Melvin, I finally have two of Sokolsksy’s most iconic images from the Bubble Series in my dressing room/fashion library.
The Bubble Series Paris, 1963, photographed for Harpers Bazaar, intrigues me, not only for the beautiful images of Paris and the elegant Spring 1963 Haute Couture collection, but also because without knowing it at the time, the photos captured the last days of 1960’s Haute Couture in Paris. The very next year, with the Beatles and the British invasion, the fashion world turned it’s attention to Swinging London, The Mod Look, Twiggy and Mini skirts.
After meeting Melvin, I was able to arrange for him to speak to a select group of The Costume Council. We loved hearing his stories about the shoot, about his assistant, Ali McGraw, and his Diana Vreeland stories.
I was thrilled to see Melvin’s work once again on the cover of Bazaar, ( December 2014, January 2015), featuring Jennifer Aniston floating in one of Melvin’s Bubbles. Somethings just never go out of style. Now I am dreaming of having a photo shoot like that. What would I wear?
I can just see myself ( and Romeo, of course) happily floating in our bubble in my vintage Lucie Ann Peignoir. It would be really great if it caught a little breeze like the ” Bubble Over New York” photo. Oh well, the first step to having your dream come true is to say it out loud. Hopefully, I am on my way!
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