You have to go all the way back to the late 1890’s to find the roots of the idealized mass marketed women’s images.
Photos, drawings and paintings all were used to build a new world view of visual feminine perfection.
The original Gibson Girls artwork were the first national hit and are still my favorite pinups along with the Vargas Girls.
Last night I found these great images that were the starting point for some classic WWII era posters. They all hold the same leggy, sexy allure that is so refreshingly different than today’s blatant in your face lusty statement.
As photography evolved more and more was done without the need of a talented illustrator.
Of course Playboy Magazine in December 1953 changed the industry again with the Marilyn Monroe centerfold.
Generations of men grew up with the images of models and celebrities that Hefner made into “Bunnies”.
Nowadays you can pick and choose the era you want to recreate for your own personal PinUp.
A little work finding the right clothing a props. A good hair stylist that can create the flawless makeup. A good studio photographer with lighting and posing skills.
Can all add up to a priceless image where you can relive one of the Golden Ages of Pinups.