by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 5 May 1955
15 3/8 in. x 19 1/4 in.(392 mm x 490 mm)
Artistback to top
- Cornel Lucas (1920-2012), Photographer. Artist of 68 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Lucas recalls taking this photograph: Diana Dors was a great publicist in her own right ... at the 1955 Venice Film Festival she told me to get myself out into the middle of the lido. The day this picture was taken the lido was packed with boats. She came through on a gondola, wearing a long coat, even though it was very sunny. Suddenly, she ripped her coat off, and posed in this skimpy mink bikini. It worked a treat - all the photographers started clicking madly, and the picture was on newspaper front pages all around the world the next day.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Cornel Lucas: Shooting Stars (27 July 2005 - 22 January 2006)
Subjects & Themesback to top
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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