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Vintage Style // Girl in the Mod Mod Bubble

I’ve been meaning to share these wondrous photographs with you for a while now. Take a gander at this! A beautiful girl, impeccably dressed, suspended above the romantic cobblestone streets of Paris in a mysterious bubble. Part fairy tale. Part space age fantasy. And just SO stunning.

Melvin Sokolsky shot this iconic series for Harper’s Bazaar magazine in Paris for the 1963 Spring Collections. While many believed there was some trickery involved in these images, it was loooong before photoshop and model Simone d’Aillencourt was indeed suspended in a giant plexiglass ball, suspended from a cable on a crane. Can you believe it??

“Simone, Bubble.  Seine, Paris, 1963.” Ahhh.

And for those of you worrying about the model having breathing issues inside her magical bubble, never fear!

The bubble in the series is made of Plastivew and is composed of two hemispheres with a 1/8-inch crack to allow for breathing room. Then the bubble was hung from a very thin, but strong cable. (It could have also held up a Cadillac!) This was probably one of the easiest shoots I’ve ever done in my life because there were no hair or makeup interruptions. No one could touch her in the bubble—so it was just her and I creating the images.” — Melvin Sokolosky

And then the Bubble traveled to New York….

Images via Melvin Sokolsky’s website

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  1. Erinlucy says

    Wow these are SO cool! I loved looking at everyone in the photos around the girl in the bubble. I especially love the one of her above the street with the guys looking up at her with their bicycles. You always find the coolest stuff!

    • Alix says

      thats one of my faves too…can you imagine riding around town and stumbling upon this shoot?? so cool!

  2. Dottie says

    OMG! I love this post so much! I’ve seen pictures of the bubble lady on the Seine, but the other ones were totally new to me. So crazy! Like I am just imagining the photographer saying, “just put her in a bubble in a crazy old place!”

    Great find, Alix!

    • Alix says

      haha….yes i love them too. I didn’t go into to much detail but the photographer was inspired by the Hieronymus Bosch painting The Garden of Earthly Delights…awesome!

    • Alix says

      We’ll do a shoot like this next time i see you hahah! (and yes, she looks so gorgeous in her little serene bubble!)

  3. jenny says

    HOT DAMN, this is so cool and sooooo gorgeous!!!!!!! Had never seen these bubble photos before!! Thank you for sharing such a gem!!!!!!! xoxo

  4. judith says

    Gawd! I’m old…. I remember these pictures. Shoot me now!

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