Harper’s Bazaar, June 1950, photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe. White oxford cloth shorts and top with white cord passementerie by Carolyn Schnurer and scarf by Vera. Louise Dahl-Wolfe was one of the most celebrated photographers of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Her work had enormous impact on great photographers such as Horst, Avedon, and Penn. Working in the heyday of Harper's Bazaar, she pioneered the use of natural lighting in fashion photography and shooting on location and outdoors.
Harper's Bazaar 1940s, Photo Louise Dahl-Wolfe. Michelle Obama's recent dress reminds me quite a bit of this.