Portrait by Horst – Loretta Young NY 1941

1941 Horst NY Loretta Young

As a typical example of wartime escapism, the Rita Hayworth film Cover Girl (1944) provided Horst with the opportunity to produce one of his most sumptuous film-star covers in a montage of seven different portraits of the cover girl Susann Shaw set against a silk design. His picture of Loretta Young became an almost immediate classic when it was featured in a special edition of Vogue which included masterpieces of photography selected by (classic photographer Edward) Steichen to show off the first hundred years of the medium.

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17 Comments

  1. George Kaplan
    May 13, 2013

    I’m predictable but I love that picture šŸ™‚ The black dress, the dashes of red, the pose, the bared throat, the faraway expression on her face… It’s so sensuous. Ahem… Maybe, that’s just my interpretation!

  2. George Kaplan
    May 13, 2013

    Drat! And the hat… how could I forget to mention the *hat*?! šŸ˜‰ Yet aaanother aamaaazing choice, Ms Vickie!

    • May 13, 2013

      When I saw the picture I thought she must be one of the most beautiful women who ever lived.

  3. May 13, 2013

    oh yes *sighs*

    Horst.

    magical man.

    quelle lux.

    • May 13, 2013

      Horst P Horst – to my ears it sounds a bit equine – and I suppose a better artist’s tag than: Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann. Yep. Definitely better.

      • May 13, 2013

        much better when he shacked up with Valentine Lawford – “Horst and Valentine are At Home this sunday” sounds lovely.

  4. May 13, 2013

    Such a truly gracious beauty. Even into old age…that bone structure…(can you hear twinges of jealousy?)

    • May 13, 2013

      I hear no *twinges* – and I see only beauty, in the picture and in your words.

  5. May 13, 2013

    Dearest V
    The Dandy just adores Horst.
    Ever since a retrospective of his vertiginous almost architectural pictures at the National Portrait Gallery, why almost a decade ago.
    Loretta is done a great service here… she’s a wonder!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  6. May 13, 2013

    Her neck doesn’t look humanly possible – and yet, there was no PhotoShop in 1941.

  7. May 13, 2013

    Stunning! Honestly, does a bad photo of Loretta Young even exist?

    • May 13, 2013

      Not one that I’ve seen… šŸ˜‰

  8. what a beautiful woman – what a beautiful talented photographer (one of my ‘idols’) – I agree with George Kaplan, above, his comments are exactly whay I feel about this picture.

  9. October 17, 2014

    Put up the Annigoni portrait of Princess Margaret! It’s superb!

    • October 18, 2014

      The portrait goes up around eight or nine in the evening your time šŸ˜‰ .

  10. October 20, 2014

    I always loved her tiny little nose. Not many women can be shot in near-profile and show nothing but farside cheekbone.

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