Barbara Mullen at the Red Fort, British Vogue, November 1956.- Norman Parkinson.
Silhouette – The way that the outer jacket of the outfit puffs up doesn’t really give any silhouette. I think if the model was standing you would see it better but you can see that the skirt is very slim fitting like a pencil skirt so this may give more of a shape.
Volume – The volume of the outfit is seen in the size of the jacket. Quite a lot of fabric has been used and the creases in the top from the shoulders makes it look oversized.
Drape – I would say that the main drape of the fabric is on the jacket and can be seen with the way it falls on the models shoulders. The skirt looks like a long pencil with a split up the front so if it is a two piece it would go well together with the size of the top and the thinness of the skirt.
Movement – The movement aspect for me comes from the creases in the top, which I think is a cape from looking at it again.
Colour – As this picture is in black and white it is not a very good indication of what colours there are to see, but lets as a guess say it is white. If the tiles are like those Moroccan ones then they will be vivid blues, greens, reds and whites mixed together and the ladies white outfit will contrast against those colours. It could be pink though? Or powder blue?
Print/Pattern – There doesn’t seem to be any pattern but it does look furry like maybe mohair.
What is the context of the garment?
To me it looks like an autumnal suit for going out and about in. The model is wearing very 50’s inspired clothes and the hat is lovely. I can imagine if I managed to find this picture in colour it would be very bright and we would be able to see all of the fabric and the how the background compliments it.
How do you relate to the image?
To me I relate to the hat more as it is a really nice shape and even though this is 1956 it is still quite 40’s in design. I am going to guess that it is bottle green in colour. It is very french in design, classic and extravagant. It gives a look of style and glamour that you can wear where you like, anytime.
Is the model important?
I think her pose is important as it looks religious. Either that or she is too hot in the mohair and this was taken in the summer. I am going off the tiles and the way her face is lit. Summer shade can still be harsh. She looks like she is either at a party, going to one or coming back from one and has had a little rest on the way back. Her whole image here is mysterious and as if you won’t know what she is really up to.