Bubbles of fashion sail over Paris, 1963

Here's a set of scans from Melvin Sokolsky's "Bubble" fashion photo series published in Harper's in 1963 -- beautiful, beautifully dressed women sailing over the streets of Paris inside giant plexi bubbles.

Bubble Series par Melvin Sokolsky pour Harper's magazine 1963 (via JWZ)


  1. You know, this perfectly creates a physical representation of how fashion interacts with the world. Brilliant!

  2. I always wondered why the ‘rovers’ from “The Prisoner” always had the skewed faces of the captured runaway pressed against the wall either in orgasim or agony. Now I know what it was, and why no one ever escaped “The Village”.

  3. maybe because they all volunteered for it… the worst prison is the one you deliberately accept. ;)

  4. Am I the only one mildly disturbed by the lack of visable airholes in this thing? I’m hoping those two gawkers in the lower right are sharing my concern.

    1. Well, based on this article http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/resnotes/notes/94-11.htm, humans consume about 550 liters of oxygen per day, which is just under 23 liters per hour. The bubbles appear to be about 2 meters in diameter, giving a volume of about 4200 liters. Dry air is about 20% oxygen (which, at least initially, is probably what those spheres are filled with), so there should be about 840 liters of oxygen (minus the volume taken up by the model) in the sphere. So, I would expect that the models should be able to stay in those spheres for a full work day without even coming close to exhausting their O2 supply. Of course, they may not know this, so they may end up spending significantly more oxygen frantically screaming and banging on the sphere.

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