It is not always easy to do the right thing, is it? Just because everyone else is sharing beautiful photographs of the glamorous people of the 1950s, is it okay for me to re-post them as well? What if those great photos of Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley would add value to Living-Fifties-Fashion but I can't locate the owner? Is it okay to use them anyway?
How do you know whether that fabulous photograph of or fantastic interview with Grace Kelly is copyrighted? Well, more than likely it is. Did you know that since 1989 intellectual property does not have to be labeled with a copyright symbol to be copyrighted?
How do I even find the owner of that pretty photograph of a designer gown I want to use? I guess I could apply to the Copyright Office for a records search of copyrighted images at a cost of $165.00 an hour with a minimum of 2 hours. Although that is a lot of money, it is not as much as attorney's fees would be if I am sent a Cease and Desist letter from a photographer, journalist, or publisher.
It is not actually about the money though, is it? In the end it comes down to a question of integrity. I was raised to be mindful of the rights and feelings of others. I was taught to observe The Golden Rule of do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If I had a candid shot of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, I would not want it randomly copied and posted. I choose not to copy and post them to my site as well.
Although I would love to include photographs of fifties stars arriving at awards ceremonies or film premieres in their Dior or Balenciaga gowns, I will resist. You can find them on many other sites though.
Most of the images on Living-Fifties-Fashion are in the public domain or have a creative commons license. The copyrighted photographs I have received permission to use are noted. I am very thankful for these pictures. I have requested permission to use many more and have yet to receive approval. I am still hopeful.
As a rule, 1950s magazine advertisements and publicity photos were not copyrighted as they were meant to be widely distributed.
I have not knowingly included any copyrighted advertisements, written word, or photographs without written permission gained from the owner. However, if you are a copyright owner and believe that any Living-Fifties-Fashion content infringes upon your copyrights, you may advise me in writing.
Please ask before copying any content from Living-Fifties-Fashion. If your site is in good taste and one that I would like to link with, I will probably let you have the photograph.
As I have yet to become fully comfortable navigating the information highway, a good portion of data for Living-Fifties-Fashion has been garnered the old fashioned way via books. Fortunately I live between two college towns and have access to university libraries. Unless otherwise noted within a page my sources are as follows:
A History of Costume. Rachel H. Kemper. Newsweek Books. 1997.
American Fashion. The Fashion Institute of Technology. The New York Times Book Co. 1975.
Chanel The Couturiere At Work. Amy De La Haye, Shelley Tobin. The Overlook Press. 1994.
Couture, The Great Designers. Stewart, Tabori, & Chang. 1997.
European Costume. Doreen Yarwood. Bonanza Books. 1975.
Fifty Years of Fashion: New Look to Now. Valerie Steele. Yale University Press. 2000.
In a Glamorous Fashion: The Fabulous Years of Hollywood Costume Design. Robert W. Lavine.
Charles Scribner's Sons. 1980.
Populuxe. Thomas Hine. Alfred A. Knopf New York. 1986
Secrets of the Couturiers, New York City. Exeter Books. 1984.
Textiles for the Consumer. Nancy Belck, Sara M. Butler, Marlene Wamhoff. Michigan State University Press. 1990.
Hi! My name is Rita. Now that alone tells you I am a child of the fifties. I was named after one of the most beautiful stars during my Mama's day, Rita Hayworth. This site is an examination of all things fifties. You may read about the real me and my 1950s life in my About Me page. Feel free to visit anytime.