The elegance and glamour of the 1950s is captured in this exhibition exploring the life of one of the top British models of the era, Liverpool-born June Duncan. Born in the suburb of Mossley Hill in 1924, June went on to model clothes for all of the major couture houses in London and Paris. In the 1950s she appeared regularly in the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Tatler. Her modelling career was an exhilarating whirl of fashion shoots, front covers and haute couture.
Model Image encapsulates June’s rise from a child actor on stage at Liverpool's Empire and Playhouse theatres, to wartime service in the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRENS) to cover girl. Her story is told through stunning prints by some of the most high-profile photographers of the era, including John French, Eugène Vernier, Hans Wild and Noel Mayne, which capture the refined grace of the 1950s. These are highlights from a recently-acquired collection of more than 90 photographs dating from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Dates - 20 April 2018 – 16 June 2019