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Bunker Hill fashion shoot

Bunker Hill fashion shoot

July 22, 1965: A model wearing dresses from the H.B. Jrs. line poses for Los Angeles Times staff photographer Nelson Tiffany outside of old Victorian homes on Bunker Hill. An art class from Chouinard Art Institute, left, joins in the fashion shoot.

Times staff writer Julie Byrne reports:

Bunker Hill’s nostalgic charm–with its now raggle-taggle gingerbread houses that were Los Angeles’ pride in an earlier era–will give way to high rise architecture as our city begins to meet its space-age potential.

Soon these mementos of early Los Angeles will remain only in memory and renditions of scenic-minded artists.

There is also nostalgic charm in fashions of the past. However, none of us would go back to the iron corset to regain those feminine wiles of yesteryear.

Luckily, fashion is more elastic than architecture. We don’t have to sigh over Godey’s Lady’s Book of fashion because we can easily combine the past and present in clothing.

Fluid crepe, lace, bows and ruffles adorned Gay Nineties belles. But when they are combined in dresses by H.B. Jrs., they become as “1965” as the young moderns who wear them.

Black “grandma” lace is the early day accent for a crepe dress that looks two-piece but is one-piece. The lace follows the waistline, neckline and travels down the front for complete feline witchery.

Curvy seaming and a flat bow delineate the bustline of a slim sheath that terminates long sleeves with a flirty ruffle. Though photographed in sandy beige, each dress is also available in bright blue, red, black or olive crepe.

These two photos by Tiffany Nelson were published with Byrne’s article on the cover of the July 22, 1965, Times Family section.


  1. April 5, 2012, 7:40 am

    Check out the details on those houses! It's ironic the comparison of two fashions. One is the wardrobe; the other is the architcture. One is fleeting the other is enduring. Los Angeles leaders in the 60's were truly at the vanguard of the "throw away society". Fortunately there still exists some similar houses in the area that we can drive by and enjoy. I've often thought that it would be nice to relocate one of those Victorian houses at the very top of Angel's Flight. It would give us Angelenos a sense of our history.

  2. June 21, 2013, 4:53 pm

    "I've often thought that it would be nice to relocate one of those Victorian houses at the very top of Angel's Flight. It would give us Angelenos a sense of our history."

    That's actually a great idea. I would love to see that happen.

    By: bblsolar
  3. April 5, 2012, 12:27 pm

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  4. June 24, 2013, 9:21 am

    I use to live just a few blocks from "Bunker Hill". I played at the Bunker Hill playground and remember those Victorian houses. I would ride the Angel's Flight with my grandmother or walk through the 3rd street tunnel. My history is very much alive in those happy memories of childhood.

    By: patriciayonemoto

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