Fashion

Mainbocher (1891 - 1976)

After WWI, the American illustrator became the French Vogue's editor in chief, a period during which he distinguished himself with his formidable fashion sense. Fuelled by his expertise, he opened his own couture house where he designed every garment privileging an effortless chic that would rapidly seduce the high society.

Gloria Vanderbilt in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1960
Gloria Vanderbilt in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1960
Nimet Eloui Bey in Mainbocher Evening Dress, photographed by George Hoyninger-Huene, 1935
Nimet Eloui Bey in Mainbocher Evening Dress, photographed by George Hoyninger-Huene, 1935
Mainbocher, Coat, 1946, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Coat, 1946, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Dress, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld for Harper's Bazaar, 1939
Mainbocher, Dress, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld for Harper's Bazaar, 1939
C. Z. Guest in Mainbocher Suit, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1951
C. Z. Guest in Mainbocher Suit, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1951
Main Rousseau Bocher by Man Ray, ca. 1935
Main Rousseau Bocher by Man Ray, ca. 1935
Mainbocher, Evening Jacket and Dress, 1937, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Evening Jacket and Dress, 1937, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Ensemble, in Vogue, 1953
Mainbocher, Ensemble, in Vogue, 1953
Mainbocher, Wedding Dress, photographed by Granger, 1947
Mainbocher, Wedding Dress, photographed by Granger, 1947
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, photographed by Alexey Brodovitch for Harper's Bazaar, 1936
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, photographed by Alexey Brodovitch for Harper's Bazaar, 1936
Mainbocher, Dress, illustration by René Bouet-Willaumez, 1932
Mainbocher, Dress, illustration by René Bouet-Willaumez, 1932
Jennifer O'Neil in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1965
Jennifer O'Neil in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1965
Wendy Burden, Mrs William S. Paley, Mrs George Abbott and Mrs Phillip Isles in Mainbocher Dress for the Gibson Girl Ball, photographed by Horst P. Horst, ca. 1948
Wendy Burden, Mrs William S. Paley, Mrs George Abbott and Mrs Phillip Isles in Mainbocher Dress for the Gibson Girl Ball, photographed by Horst P. Horst, ca. 1948
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1938, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1938, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Evening Dress (detail), 1938, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Evening Dress (detail), 1938, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Textile Sample, 1938, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Textile Sample, 1938, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Gloria Vanderbilt in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Horst P. Horst, 1966
Gloria Vanderbilt in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Horst P. Horst, 1966
Mainbocher, Coat, Fall/Winter 1948, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Coat, Fall/Winter 1948, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Mainbocher Ensemble and Wedding Dress, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1937
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Mainbocher Ensemble and Wedding Dress, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1937
Mainbocher, Cocktail Ensemble, 1955, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Cocktail Ensemble, 1955, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, photographed by Geneviève Naylor, 1949
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, photographed by Geneviève Naylor, 1949
Anna McDonnell Ford in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Cecil Beaton, ca. 1957
Anna McDonnell Ford in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Cecil Beaton, ca. 1957
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1947, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1947, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, photographed by Geneviève Naylor, 1949
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, photographed by Geneviève Naylor, 1949
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, photographed by Louise Dahle-Wolfe, 1950s
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, photographed by Louise Dahle-Wolfe, 1950s
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1939
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1939
Main Rousseau Bocher, 1939
Main Rousseau Bocher, 1939
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, photographed by George Hoyninger-Huene, Evening Ensemble, 1930s
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, photographed by George Hoyninger-Huene, Evening Ensemble, 1930s
Mainbocher, Evening Jacket, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene for Haprer's Bazaar, 1939
Mainbocher, Evening Jacket, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene for Haprer's Bazaar, 1939
Mrs Vincent Astor in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Genevieve Naylor, 1948
Mrs Vincent Astor in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Genevieve Naylor, 1948
Mainboche, Evening Fur Coat, 1950s
Mainboche, Evening Fur Coat, 1950s
 Mainbocher, Dinner Dress and Coat, photographed by Richer Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1958
Mainbocher, Dinner Dress and Coat, photographed by Richer Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1958
Mainbocher, Corset, photographed by Horst P. Horst, 1939
Mainbocher, Corset, photographed by Horst P. Horst, 1939
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1948, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1948, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mary Martin as Venus in the Musical One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weills, Costume by Mainbocher, ca. 1944
Mary Martin as Venus in the Musical One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weills, Costume by Mainbocher, ca. 1944
Mainbocher, Coat, illustration by René Bouet-Willaumez, 1933
Mainbocher, Coat, illustration by René Bouet-Willaumez, 1933
Mainbocher, Cocktail Dress, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Cocktail Dress, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mary Martin as Venus in the Musical One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weills, Costume by Mainbocher, ca. 1944
Mary Martin as Venus in the Musical One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weills, Costume by Mainbocher, ca. 1944
Mainbocher, Evening Apron, 1930s, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Evening Apron, 1930s, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Meg Mundy in Mainbocher Coat, photographed by John Rawlings for Vogue, 1940
Meg Mundy in Mainbocher Coat, photographed by John Rawlings for Vogue, 1940
Lisa Fonssagrives in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1938
Lisa Fonssagrives in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1938
Sophia Loren in Mainbocher Dinner Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1965
Sophia Loren in Mainbocher Dinner Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1965
Sophia Loren in Mainbocher Ensemble, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1965
Sophia Loren in Mainbocher Ensemble, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1965
Sophia Loren in Mainbocher Sweater Dress and Cardigan, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1965
Sophia Loren in Mainbocher Sweater Dress and Cardigan, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1965
Jean Shrimpton in Mainbrocher Dress, photographed by Irving Penn, 1962
Jean Shrimpton in Mainbrocher Dress, photographed by Irving Penn, 1962
Mainbocher, Dinner Ensemble, ca. 1953, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Dinner Ensemble, ca. 1953, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Elsie de Wolfe in Mainbocher Ensemble, 1944
Elsie de Wolfe in Mainbocher Ensemble, 1944
Duchess of Windsor in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Hort P. Horst, 1947
Duchess of Windsor in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Hort P. Horst, 1947
Mainbocher, Dinner Dress, 1945, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Dinner Dress, 1945, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
C. Z. Guest in Mainbocher Dress and Jacket, photographed by Clifford Coffin, 1950
C. Z. Guest in Mainbocher Dress and Jacket, photographed by Clifford Coffin, 1950
Mainbocher, Dress, 1943, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Mainbocher, Dress, 1943, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
C. Z. Guest in Mainbocher Dress, 1952
C. Z. Guest in Mainbocher Dress, 1952
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1938, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1938, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Toto Koopman in Mainbocher Dress and Jabot, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene for Vogue, 1934
Toto Koopman in Mainbocher Dress and Jabot, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene for Vogue, 1934
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1947, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1947, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1947, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1947, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Mainbocher, Dress and Cape, 1955
Mainbocher, Dress and Cape, 1955
Gloria Vanderbilt in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1955
Gloria Vanderbilt in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1955
Mainbocher, Duchess de Windsor Wedding Ensemble, 1937, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Duchess de Windsor Wedding Ensemble, 1937, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Dress, photographed by William Klein for Vogue, 1959
Mainbocher, Dress, photographed by William Klein for Vogue, 1959
Suzy Parker in Mainbocher Ensemble, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1956
Suzy Parker in Mainbocher Ensemble, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1956
Mainbocher, Dress, ca. 1935, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Dress, ca. 1935, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Dress (detail), ca. 1935, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Dress (detail), ca. 1935, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1938
Mainbocher, Evening Dress, 1938
Mainbocher, Dress, 1955
Mainbocher, Dress, 1955
Main Rousseau Bocher, 1930s
Main Rousseau Bocher, 1930s
Mainbocher, Evening Suit, 1947, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Evening Suit, 1947, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Coat, photographed by John Rawlings for Vogue, 1953
Mainbocher, Coat, photographed by John Rawlings for Vogue, 1953
Mainbocher, Dinner Suit, Spring/Summer 1946, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Dinner Suit, Spring/Summer 1946, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Coat, ca. 1963, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Coat, ca. 1963, Metropolitain Museum of Art, New York
Mainbocher, Dress and Cape, photographed by Luigi Diaz, 1935
Mainbocher, Dress and Cape, photographed by Luigi Diaz, 1935
Mainbocher, Ensemble, ca. 1955-1957, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Mainbocher, Ensemble, ca. 1955-1957, The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
The Duchess of Windsor in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by François Kollar, 1938
The Duchess of Windsor in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by François Kollar, 1938
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