Published August 1, 1928
Maurice Chevalier, the Belgian-French actor, singer, and popular entertainer, was known for his sartorial style of combining a straw hat with a tuxedo. Chevalier's signature songs included 'Louise,' 'Mimi,' and 'Valentine.' Yvonne Vallée, a young dancer, became his wife in 1927. Before their marriage, Vallée was Chevalier's music hall dancing partner. Here, the couple is photographed by George Hoyningen-Huené in the August 1928 Vanity Fair.
(Russian, 1900-1968) Huené came from an aristocratic Russian family that was forced from the country during the Revolution. An illustrator-turned-photographer, Huené began working for Vogue in the Paris office in the early 1920s. In 1925, he was promoted to chief photographer, a position he held for the next nine years. A mentor to Horst, Huené's imagery is evocative and glamorous. His photographs rely on a balanced composition and a classical sensibility. His 1930 fashion portrait of two bathers looking off into the distance is considered one of the greatest photographs ever taken.