Psychedelic Outtakes From a 1960s Fashion Shoot

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Polkadots, circa 1965, by Len Steckler. Photo: Len Steckler

At the start of his career in the 1960s, the late artist Len Steckler was best known for shooting fashion and beauty ad campaigns. He also captured icons: One particular shoot, with Marilyn Monroe, happened by accident in 1961, when she arrived unannounced at his New York City apartment. (She came to visit his friend, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg; naturally, Steckler took out his camera.) Throughout the ‘60s, Steckler photographed campaigns for Revlon, CoverGirl, and fashion designers Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, and Jacques Tiffeau. His Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar spreads helped shape the modern fashion industry.

Opening February 2 in Los Angeles, the exhibit “Len Steckler: Reflections of the Man Behind the Mirror” features 28 never-before-seen outtakes from his fashion and beauty shoots. Taken between 1960 and 1965 and commissioned by various magazines, the images showcase psychedelic, colorful dresses and jumpsuits from the era. Click ahead to see the full range of ‘60s nostalgia — including polka dots, geometric stripes, and floral prints.

“Len Steckler: Reflections of the Man Behind the Mirror” will run until February 4 at TheMattress Art Gallery.

Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right

UPWARDS, circa 1965.

Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right

Distortion, circa 1960s.

Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right

Polycephaly, circa 1965.

Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right

Polkadots, circa 1965.

Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right

Isosoceles, circa 1965.

Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right

Kannon #2, 1965.

Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right

Pangea, circa 1960.

Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right

Solipistic, circa 1960.

Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right

Through The Colors, 1964.

Photo: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right

Eternal, circa 1965.

Psychedelic Outtakes From a 1960s Fashion Shoot