Young ladies attend “Model School” at the Model Agency in London (1955). The girls do various neck and hand exercises, stretching, and are taught about posture. Hairstyling tuition is given by Leonard Ralph, while a fashion photographer explains posing techniques.
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Model Agency in London, 1955, taken from the British Pathe reel ‘Model School’. This clip has some fantastic and glamourous 1950s fashions, and beautiful shots of the girls walking down the catwalk.
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training for the day when heads will turn to look at them at an academy in Fulham London as some of Britain's models of the future for this is one of the country's most up-to-date training schools for models and mannequins their hands gesturing on the fashion stage will make automatically graceful movements their limbs will be effortlessly supple as they move and pose for the cameras and fashion experts of the future qualifications required even to study at the school our intelligence a good figure attractiveness an age between 16 and 26 and the ability to stick to a rigorous system of training these say the school's principles are the characteristics of the first class model you different clothes call for different hairstyles instructor Leonard Ralph teaches them the basics of hairstyling the backroom secrets which will give the girls a head start over rivals in that highly competitive professional stepping out smartly is not enough grace poise the correct turn for the dress displayed these all have to be studied there are special terms to show off evening gowns or just shoes others like the pivot turn four straight skirts and the rocking turn for fuller ones the rocking turn flares up the skirt just so much and no more tricks of the trade that seems so simple and natural to take a great deal of training like the proper court curtsy that may well be needed one day on presentation at court or at some royal occasion [Applause] imaginary scenes today soon perhaps the real thing great so simple movements that will capture the floodlights and cameras with artful charm appointed less how to pivot round an umbrella and how to carry it with not a trace of awkwardness some of the girls may specialize in photographic modeling all of them will need to know how best to pose for pictures that could be as well-known as those our film stars the models of the future it's an education to watch them