Wouldn't it be nice to have scans of the Breck models, such as this one of Veronica Hamel? Are there others available here? This would seem an appropriate addition to the "60s Ad Campaigns - Our Favorite Ads."
Thank you for suggesting a separate Breck sub-album under the 60s Ad Campaigns - Our Favorite Ads album. I'm sorry it has taken so long, but it's finally here! The Breck ads had previously been part of the Hair Care sub-album under the Other 60s Beauty Ads album, including these of Veronica Hamel and Joan Thompson:
Veronica Hamel 1964
Joan Thompson 1970
The other models currently in the album are: Joan Paulson 1963 Cheryl Tiegs 1967 Sally Murdoch 1968 Cybill Shepherd 1969 Helevi Keko 1971 Maud Adams 1971 Lucy Angle 1971
Cybill Shepherd's ad was published soon after she won the 1968 Model of the Year contest:
Cybill Shepherd 1969
We'd love to have more ads for the album, especially the one of Kim Basinger that Joan mentioned.
Here's the latest addition to the new Breck sub-album, which can be found in the 60s Ad Campaigns album. "The Discotheque Set" stays in place even while you're doing the Frug, the Hully Gully or the Watusi!
Thank you so much, mkollar, for contributing this 1974 Breck ad featuring Kim Basinger that we had been searching for! I really didn't know if anyone would find it. The ad notes that the future actress is originally from Athens, Georgia:
Hi, I've added a Breck ad of Kim Basinger and her mother, Ann, from the back cover of the Sept. 1971 Glamour to the "Members Contributions" album. Unfortunately, I still haven't figured out how to make the image appear here. Barry
It is funny because of course they were so airbrushed that they were actually paintings, idealized versions of beauty. When we modeled there was very little retouching, but now so many of the ads we see are almost as unrealistic as these Breck Girls.
They were actual paintings...not just heavily retouched photos. At least some of the "Breck Girl" ads were pastel drawings or paintings, based on photographs of the models.
I observed this being done, back in the 70s when I was an ad agency art director. I think Mr. Ralph William Williams, the "Breck Girl" artist, had died. So the ads were subsequently done by other artists in a similar style. Although Breck was not our account (we had a different shampoo), one of the agency's comp artists had a freelance job doing the art for the "Breck Girl" ads. He worked from a photograph of the model as a reference, and did his illustration from that.
Its sort of a lovely link to the golden age of illustration, when models were posing for, and inspiring, illustrators.
On a related note, there's a beautiful show of fashion illustration, "The Line of Fashion", currently (until May 2) at the Society of Illustrators on East 63rd St. in NYC. Admission is FREE, and a few of the faces in the artwork on display will be familiar to members of this group.
Barry, thank you so much for that information. i had wanted to be a fashion illustrator when I was in school. I received a full scholarship to FIT for that purose, when i was side-tracked by a modeling career. I will certainly check out the exhibit.
i am wondering if you are on Facebook? My former miniMadMOD60s group had moved over to Facebook where I now have a very interactive network of over 100 former supermodels, as well as photographers, hair and make-up artists and agents. I am also working on tthe Supermodels Hall of Fame which is having a preliminary on Facebook. I will send you an invitation. i am sure you will find many of your old friends and peers on it.