Life’s Photos of 1970s New York Fashion Go on View

(l-r) Three models wearing Balenciaga evening dresses inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec paintings, New York, 1951. Photograph by Gjon Mili © Time Inc.; Woman walking down a New York street in a Givenchy bag dress, 1957. Photograph by Yale Joel © Time Inc.

(l-r) Three models wearing Balenciaga evening dresses inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec paintings, New York, 1951. Photograph by Gjon Mili © Time Inc.; Woman walking down a New York street in a Givenchy bag dress, 1957. Photograph by Yale Joel © Time Inc.

To mark the 80th anniversary of Life magazine, fashion photographs from its photo archives are being exhibited at the Gallery@Spring in downtown Manhattan.

More than 50 images, from the 1940s to 70s, provide a unique perspective into the history of fashion in the city, through the lens of three of the four original Life photographers: Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Peter Stackpole.

Work by other seminal lensmen, such as Gordon Parks, Yale Joel, and Nina Leen, are also displayed. Fashion icons spotted amongst the images include Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Eartha Kitt, Jessica Tandy, and Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt.

Many of the images have been produced from the original negatives and are as large as 90”x70”. Some prints will be auctioned off in a private event to benefit Art Start, a NYC-based charitable organization connecting at-risk youth to art and artists in order to nurture youth talent.

“We want to celebrate fashion in New York, especially from the time when New York started to set the pace for international fashion, through the images of a New York institution such as Life,” said Eleonora Flammini, the director of Silverlake Photography, who co-curated the exhibition.

The exhibition runs now through August 30 at Spring Studios, a popular location for fashion week shows and other lifestyle events.