1 of 4 portraits of Brigitte Bardot
by Cornel Lucas
C-type colour print, 1955
19 3/8 in. x 14 7/8 in.(493 mm x 377 mm)
Artistback to top
- Cornel Lucas (1920-2012), Photographer. Artist of 68 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Lucas photographed Bardot when she was brought to London to appear opposite Dirk Bogarde in Doctor at Sea (1955). His photographs appeared as a double-page colour souvenir in Picture Post (July 1955). The carefully constructed set resembling an exotic French location was in fact put together by assembling various well sourced props by Cornel Lucas in his studio.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Cornel Lucas: Shooting Stars (27 July 2005 - 22 January 2006)
Events of 1955back to top
Current affairsRobert Anthony Eden becomes prime minister. In May 1955 Winston Churchill resigned due to ill health. His successor proved to be a similarly popular leader, winning an increased majority at the general election that year. Eden's popularity was due to a combination of his long wartime service, good looks and charm.
Art and scienceMary Quant introduces the 'Chelsea Look' with her Bazaar boutique. In the 1960s Quant was a major contributor to 'swinging London' introducing some of the seminal items of 1960s fashion: the miniskirt, hot pants, paint-box make-up and plastic raincoats.
InternationalWest Germany joins NATO, prompting the East European Communist counties to respond by forming the Warsaw Pact. The signatories of the Warsaw Pact pledged to defend each other if any member was attacked. This development was a major event in the Cold War as it firmly established the East and West as opposing military powers.
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