Joséphine Baker became an icon of the Roaring Twenties thanks to her role in La Revue Nègre at the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées in Paris in 1925, which made her an overnight star. Baker was asked to join the Folies Bergère, the famous Parisian dance hall known for its burlesques. George Hoyningen-Huené took a series of photographs of the beautiful dancer around 1927. This outtake from that series, of Baker standing mostly naked and draped in pearls and fabric, is from the Condé Nast Archive.
(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.