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Inside The Once Famous Modelling School Of Gaby Young
By Mark McConville
STUNNING retro pictures have offered a behind-the-scenes look at the famous Gaby Young Agency during the 1950s and 60s.
The incredible images show a model learning the correct way to walk in 1965 with her tummy in and pelvis forward, young hopefuls being interviewed by Gaby Young herself in 1950 and Young and her secretary coping with busy telephone that don’t seem to stop ringing as one call a minute comes through to the West End office.
Other striking shots show Gaby Young modelling a Reveille coat in 1951, one of Gaby Young’s models walking along Regent Street on her way to work and a model pupil practicing the sitting position she learnt the previous week, with hands clasped neatly on her knee and legs on the opposite side.
The remarkable photographs reveal the inner workings of one of the UK’s top modelling agencies during the 1950s and 60s.
The Gaby Young Agency was originally known as the Gaby Young Mannequin Agency as models were known as mannequins in those days.
Gaby Young-MacKinnon started off as one of Christian Dior’s muse and house models and later started her own atelier in Mallorca, Spain.