Qui est Toni?

Who (or what) is Toni Breland?

Toni is a symbol of the high fashion that was dominant during the 1950s.  This decade, along with the latter part of the 1940s and early part of the '60s, is noted for its striking international haute couture images and its emphasis on overtly feminine fashions.  These decades also promoted the version of ladyhood (Toni's First Lady look) seen in the wardrobes of such prominent women as Coretta Scott King, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and model Suzy Parker, a favorite subject of iconic fashion photographer Henry Clarke (whose work is featured in some of the photos above).  The Toni philosophy supports the belief that, contrary to the thinking of too many designers today, a woman’s sex appeal often finds best expression when she is artfully draped rather than when she is overly exposed. 

Never Goes Out of Style

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Who is Toni Breland ?

Suzy Parker, model.  Photo by Henry Clarke.

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Displaying Good Manners

Second carousel: Quintessential Toni. Their world. The model Dovima. Stepping off the curb. Live mannequin in front of store. Depot swing coat. Live mannequin In front of store. Henry Clarke collection. Fabulous approach of the Eiffel. That hat! Vintage in a bubble. Fabulous back. Strutting her stuff. Welcome to my world, dah-ling! Reflections.

First carousel: Buoyant, doe-eyed actress Leslie Uggams with a 1960s updo. The 1950s stewardess look. Eiffel Tower and towering eyeful. Actress Dorothy Dandridge. Swirling skirt. Fur elegance. Attitude on the runway. Henry Clarke collection. Actress Audrey Hepburn in a memorable hat. Sexy slouch. Singer Toni Braxton in bubbles. Waiting for him. Fabulous approach of the Eiffel. Advertisement for Swansdown swing coat. Barbra Streisand album cover.

Video provided by YouTube channel mckinley drozdi.

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VINTAGE VIDEOS

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Toni' s Vintage!

Video provided by YouTube channel BellisVintage.  Music by Miles Davis.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

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Coretta Scott King

Photo above by Henry Clarke, 1961

Michelle Robinson Obama