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Through the Lens of the 1950s American Fashion Scene Stella Tenbrook’s Photos Tell a Story of Elegance

The 1950s were a defining decade in the world of fashion, marked by elegance, sophistication, and a return to glamour after the austerity of wartime. During this fashion revolution was Stella Tenbrook, an American model whose career blossomed spectacularly during this era.

Stella Tenbrook’s journey in the 1950s began on the heels of a successful start in the late 1940s. As the new decade rolled in, Tenbrook’s career gained momentum. Her unique look and poised demeanor resonated well with the 1950s style ethos, which emphasized classic elegance and grace. During this time, Tenbrook became a familiar face in major fashion publications and runway shows, working with top designers and fashion houses.

The Epitome of 1950s Fashion

The 1950s fashion was characterized by cinched waists, full skirts, and an overall emphasis on a polished, feminine silhouette. Stella Tenbrook, known for her “tiny” waist and impressive figure, embodied these fashion ideals perfectly. She graced numerous magazine covers and advertisements, becoming a style icon for women worldwide. Her ability to effortlessly carry both haute couture and ready-to-wear garments made her a versatile and much-sought-after model.

Collaborations with Renowned Designers

During the 1950s, Stella Tenbrook collaborated with several renowned designers, further solidifying her status in the fashion industry. Her association with designers like Jacques Fath continued to flourish. She also worked with other notable names in fashion, bringing their visions to life with her distinctive grace and professionalism. Tenbrook’s ability to connect with a designer’s aesthetic made her a favorite among many in the industry.

#1 Stella in a wool day dress by Jacques Fath, 1950.

Stella In A Wool Day Dress By Jacques Fath, 1950.

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#2 Stella in a slim-fitting evening dress with white fox fur collar by Jacques Fath, 1951.

Stella In A Slim-Fitting Evening Dress With White Fox Fur Collar By Jacques Fath, 1951.

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#3 Stella in Jacques Fath’s popular evening dress, Paris, 1951.

Stella In Jacques Fath'S Popular Evening Dress, Paris, 1951.

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#4 Stella in a wool plaid afternoon dress by Madeleine de Rauch, 1953.

Stella In A Wool Plaid Afternoon Dress By Madeleine De Rauch, 1953.

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#5 Stella in a satin strapless evening gown by Jacques Fath, Paris, 1953.

Stella In A Satin Strapless Evening Gown By Jacques Fath, Paris, 1953.

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#6 Stella in a chestnut mousseline empire-style evening gown by Jacques Fath, 1953.

Stella In A Chestnut Mousseline Empire-Style Evening Gown By Jacques Fath, 1953.

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#7 Stella in a cocktail dress by Jacques Fath, 1953.

Stella In A Cocktail Dress By Jacques Fath, 1953.

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#8 Stella in a dinner/cocktail dress by Jacques Fath, 1953.

Stella In A Dinner/Cocktail Dress By Jacques Fath, 1953.

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#9 Stella in a grey jersey dress and silk taffeta coat by Jacques Fath, 1953.

Stella In A Grey Jersey Dress And Silk Taffeta Coat By Jacques Fath, 1953.

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#10 Stella in a pale blue mousseline evening gown by Jacques Fath, 1953.

Stella In A Pale Blue Mousseline Evening Gown By Jacques Fath, 1953.

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#11 Stella in a peplum jacket and skirt by Jacques Fath, Paris, 1953.

Stella In A Peplum Jacket And Skirt By Jacques Fath, Paris, 1953.

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#12 Stella in a silk ensemble by Jacques Fath, 1953.

Stella In A Silk Ensemble By Jacques Fath, 1953.

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#13 Stella in a cashmere dress by Lanvin, 1953.

Stella In A Cashmere Dress By Lanvin, 1953.

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#14 Stella in a tweed day-dress with shawl by Madeleine de Rauch, 1953.

Stella In A Tweed Day-Dress With Shawl By Madeleine De Rauch, 1953.

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#15 Stella in a suit by Jacques Fath, Paris, 1953.

Stella In A Suit By Jacques Fath, Paris, 1953.

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#16 Stella in a tiger-stripe wool coat by Jacques Fath, Paris, 1953.

Stella In A Tiger-Stripe Wool Coat By Jacques Fath, Paris, 1953.

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#17 Stella in a white linen dress with a printed bolero by Givenchy, 1953.

Stella In A White Linen Dress With A Printed Bolero By Givenchy, 1953.

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#18 Stella in a tweed dress with lamb scarf and muff by Jacques Fath, 1953.

Stella In A Tweed Dress With Lamb Scarf And Muff By Jacques Fath, 1953.

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#19 Stella in a printed velvet dress for fall/winter by Madeleine de Rauch, Paris, 1953.

Stella In A Printed Velvet Dress For Fall/Winter By Madeleine De Rauch, Paris, 1953.

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#20 Stella in a tweed afternoon dress with capelet by Jacques Fath, 1953.

Stella In A Tweed Afternoon Dress With Capelet By Jacques Fath, 1953.

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#21 Stella in an ensemble by Jacques Fath, Paris, 1953.

Stella In An Ensemble By Jacques Fath, Paris, 1953.

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#22 Stella, circa 1953.

Stella, Circa 1953.

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#23 Stella in a black wool jersey afternoon dress by Jacques Fath, Autumn 1954.

Stella In A Black Wool Jersey Afternoon Dress By Jacques Fath, Autumn 1954.

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#24 Stella in hair and make-up by Elizabeth Arden for Jacques Fath, 1954.

Stella In Hair And Make-Up By Elizabeth Arden For Jacques Fath, 1954.

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#25 Stella in a sheath dress by Christian Dior, 1954.

Stella In A Sheath Dress By Christian Dior, 1954.

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#26 Stella in a day suit by Jacques Fath, Paris, 1955.

Stella In A Day Suit By Jacques Fath, Paris, 1955.

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#27 Stella in a dress and feathered hat by Jacques Fath, 1955.

Stella In A Dress And Feathered Hat By Jacques Fath, 1955.

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#28 Stella in a dress by Jacques Fath, Paris, 1955.

Stella In A Dress By Jacques Fath, Paris, 1955.

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#29 Stella in a front button-through jersey sheath by Jacques Fath, 1955.

Stella In A Front Button-Through Jersey Sheath By Jacques Fath, 1955.

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#30 Stella in a slim wool dress by Jacques Fath, Paris, 1955.

Stella In A Slim Wool Dress By Jacques Fath, Paris, 1955.

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#31 Stella in a lace cocktail dress by Jacques Fath, 1955.

Stella In A Lace Cocktail Dress By Jacques Fath, 1955.

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#32 Stella in a silk-crèpe cocktail dress by Jacques Fath, 1955.

Stella In A Silk-Crèpe Cocktail Dress By Jacques Fath, 1955.

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#33 Stella in a suit by Jacques Fath, 1955.

Stella In A Suit By Jacques Fath, 1955.

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#34 Stella in a printed silk dress by Jacques Fath, 1955.

Stella In A Printed Silk Dress By Jacques Fath, 1955.

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#35 Stella in a wool suit by Jacques Fath, 1955.

Stella In A Wool Suit By Jacques Fath, 1955.

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Written by Willow Rutherford

Willow Rutherford, a retro fashionista and vintage music lover with a special little sidekick in tow. When she's not busy chasing after her adorable baby girl, you can find her scouring thrift stores and estate sales for one-of-a-kind pieces. With a love for all things vintage and a passion for motherhood, Willow is always on the lookout for the next big find.

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