A few months back I first stumbled onto a photo of this stunning trio on Tumblr. The image was from the fabulous LIFE archives now hosted on Google, but background information was sparse. The picture was labeled 1964 and the photographer was credited as Nina Leen. And there were dozens more photographs featuring these same identical triplets, modeling what would have been super-stylish 60s garb. I was immediately drawn to the threesome, with their dark, swingy bobs and almost 1920s inspired outfits. But I couldn't figure out just who they were.
Finally I was able to mark them as the Dees triplets. I dove onto Wikipedia. Nothing. Google also provided zero results. How could it be that three triplets who were famous enough to be featured in extensive LIFE photo fashion shoots be nameless? There was no history. No anything.
It was only a few weeks ago that was able to find one of the fashion prints online, labeled with their names: Christina, Katha and Megan. While this was a milestone discovery in itself, I'd still like to dig up some more information. If anybody has any leads, let me know!
Here's a selection of my favorite images from the fashion shoots. I love all the style inspiration, the obvious affection the sisters seem to share and the fun glimpse into the past that these photo provide.
These first outfits look very 1920s. The dropped waistlines and flowing ruffles go perfectly with the girls' haircuts and pearl necklaces. And the shoes are decidedly vintage inspired. The straps, cutouts and little details are fabulous.
Who couldn't love these fake "walking the dog" photos? I find them almost laugh-out-loud funny and can just imagine a fluffy white poodle (gag!) at the end of every leash.
The 1920s inspiration continues here with short, pleated skirts and a top that doesn't provide a whole lot of waistline definition. The girls are wearing some fun slingback heels and are finished off with pearl earrings and gloves. And check out the three different ways you can wear that hat! Which style is your favorite? I'd definitely go with the one on the left.
Yay for adorable sportswear! The fun plaid top and cover -ups are really cute. The former looks great with the fitted white capris so popular in the 60s, and the sleeveless sheath + hoodie is adorable (so comfy!). Of course, I love any picture where some one is playing Solitaire (*mildly obsessed* ;).
The funky, asian-inspired sheaths in the second image are not so much my style. But check out the lovely paper umbrellas! Perfect.
This is such a gorgeous, classic evening wear look. Very Princess Grace or Jackie O. I wish I could see whether the fitted, black skirt cuts right below the knee or if it's long (the latter would be amazing). The wide-collared "trapeze" style of the jacket is just stunning, with a bow and rhinestone pin for added sophistication. Looks like these never really go out of style and would fit quite well in today's often 60s-inspired clothing choices.
There. I hope I've done credit to the Dees sisters. Let me know what you think of them and their fashion sense. And if you find anything else out about their lives, pass it along! :)
I just want to let you all know that I'm going to be scaling back posting on AmandaBeth to an average of once a week. This will make it easier for me to balance out blogging with life and hopefully keep things fresh and inspired. Thank you all for your understanding and for continuing to read the blog.