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    Sale 2252

    Icons of Glamour and Style: The Constantiner Collection

    16 - 17 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 171

    TONI FRISSELL (1907-1988)

    First Bikini, Harper's Bazaar, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1945

    Price Realised  

    TONI FRISSELL (1907-1988)
    First Bikini, Harper's Bazaar, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1945
    gelatin silver print, printed later
    signed by the Executor in pencil and Archive stamp (on the verso)
    11¼ x 10½in. (28.4 x 26.6cm.)


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    Provenance

    Staley-Wise Gallery, New York;
    acquired 2000.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Model Dovima was dressed in the first bikini to be seen away from France. Next to the Casablanca was a tall white diving platform up fifty feet. I called to the fisherman and asked if he would let my model pose below the diving board. The effect was remarkable. The picture won an art award the next year.
    Toni Frissell


    Literature

    Harper's Bazaar, May 1947;
    Hall-Duncan, The History of Fashion Photography, Alpine Book Company, 1979, p. 75;
    Plimpton and Frissell Stafford, Toni Frissell Photographs 1933-1967, Doubleday, 1994, p. 20.