During the Golden Era of Glamour in the 1950s, Coco Chanel returned to Paris after her post-war excursion, Hubert de Givenchy opened his own fashion house—dressing Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina in 1954, and the ‘New Look’ created by Christian Dior—nipped-waist, with a full skirt and mid-calf length was the silhouette de rigueur.
In complete antithesis to fashionable silhouettes, the bikini was created, Playboy Magazine was founded in 1953, and the concept of glamour girl pin-ups increased dramatically. Born in 1930, Bunny Yeager, a 5’9” blonde bombshell lived in Miami—the epitome of glamour girl status, Yeager won beauty pageants, and modelled, prior to becoming a renowned and respected photographer. By the mid-50s, Yeager garnered the title “The World’s Prettiest Photographer,” by US Camera Magazine in 1953, and in 1954, she met Bettie Paige—taking many shots for Playboy magazine that launched Paige into legendary pin-up stardom. In 1962, Yeager shot the iconic photos of Ursula Andress from the James Bond movie Dr No., as Andress walked on the beach, scantily clad in that infamous white bikini.
I love photography, especially black and white, and I find the iconic pop-culture of this era fascinating, so I will be visiting PDNB Gallery this weekend for a glance into the career of Bunny Yeager. The exhibition will feature many photos spanning her career, and vintage contact sheets with poses prior to the editing process. Also, available—signed copies of her recent tome: Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin-up Photograph’s Golden Era published by Rizzoli in Sept 2012—written by Petra Mason with a foreword by Dita Von Teese.
PDNB Gallery will host the BUNNY YEAGER opening reception on Saturday, February 23 from 5-8pm—the exhibition continues until May 11, 2013. Visit PDNB Gallery: Photographs Do Not Bend on 1202 Dragon Street, Suite 103, Dallas 75207.