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Karen Kaye

By VicBarnes
This is my contribution to the history of motorcycle glam fashion! Taken in 1981 for Kett Leathers the lighting was a compromise between that required for the model and that needed to make the leather look expensive! Kett used four shots from this session as life-size blow-ups for its stand at the Motorcycle Show.

Tags: Studio Glamour Fashion Lighting Retro Portraits and people Flash and lighting Nude and glamour

Voters: pronabk, thebopper, DeSilver and 16 more

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thebopper 13 8 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2010 2:04PM
Superb image! I remember seeing this (or something like it) at the NEC and at Belle Vue, Manchester..
I'm sure that this and many others donned many a teenage motorcycle fan's bedroom walls..
I love it!

DeSilver Plus
14 14 12 England
1 Sep 2010 2:16PM
The golden oldie days or perhaps not. Did you take the photographs of the models who had the leathers painted on. Do you remember them?

VicBarnes 12 49 2 England
1 Sep 2010 2:51PM
Yes Mike, they did feature on the Kett stand at the NEC.
And no David I didn't shoot the Life helmets models, which included a sidecar shot if I remember. The lids were imported by Mike Kimber and I THINK Jerry Mason shot them. They were great shots and the body painting was brilliant -- definitely, one of the industry's most memorable ad campaigns. At the time, I was shooting the Harley, Ducati and Guzzi studio glam/fashion adverts for Coburn and Hughes (the importers). It was a memorable period and maybe triggered or had something to do with the backlash against sexism in motorcycling. There was a period of about four years where models were dropped like hot potatoes. I was lucky, I guess...
Graflex 19 488 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 2:08PM
Women in black leather,Vic,totally out of order.
You must ride around like the teens do,just a helmet,pair of shorts and NO TOP.

Gosh! I must be careful what I say here in case the vicar is looking in.

I'll secretly vote for this,so I'll do it in a HUSH!

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