Rest In Dreamy Peace, Lillian Bassman

In heartbreaking news, the lovely and talented Lillian Bassman passed away Monday, at the age of 94.

Bassman was a fabulous fashion photographer and magazine art director whose beautiful works, a number of which I’ve posted here at A Slip Of A Girl, are now iconic images of femininity, at once stylish and intimate, from the 1940s through the 1960s.

She received the designation of fine art photographer in the 1990s after a set of lost negatives of her works resurfaced, reigniting interest in her works. This brought Bassman new commercial work, including once again shooting Paris couture (for the New York Times magazine) and an ad campaign for Neiman Marcus.

For vintage lovers, whose love had never waned, it was about time she was given her due.

A new book, Lillian Bassman: Lingerie, was scheduled for a March publication but is available now. The book features some 80 examples of Bassman’s lingerie photographs from the 1950s and early 60s — and I urge you to get a copy now.

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