Vintage Obsessions... Melvin Sokolsky

Melvin, a man of many talents

Melvin Sokolsky was born and raised in New York City starting his illustrious career as a stills photographer. He worked through the 1950s, one of fashion photography’s golden ages, and at the ripe old age of 21 he was invited to join the staff at Harper's Bazaar.

He went on to work in special effects and cinematography, as a professor of photography and even turned his hand to a spot of inventing. His photographs have appeared in many major museums and magazines worldwide.

 Melvin Sokolsky and Simone d’Aillencourt

Melvin Sokolsky and Simone d’Aillencourt

bubble series

In 1962 Harpers Bazaar asked him to shoot for designers such as Saint Laurent and Nina Ricci showcasing their Spring collections. He came up with an ambitious plan for a collection of photos, modelling the 60s couture hovering above Paris, in a custom made plexiglass bubble.

 Melvin Sokolsky and his bubble crew

Melvin Sokolsky and his bubble crew

In 1963 he flew to Paris with his team and his bubble; hired a telescopic crane and the bubble was suspended from the ground with aircraft cabling. Floating through Paris in a bubble - a surreal tour of Parisian streets, alleys, and cafes that produced a series of genius shots that ran in the March 1963 Harper’s Bazaar.

We’ve picked our faves from the iconic bubble series and beyond…

There's nothing like the real McCoy, so if you fancy a little vintage style, head on over to the store and grab your own slice of history.

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