UNIFORM | Margaret Bourke-White


Photo of Margaret Bourke-White, the first female war correspondent and LIFE photographer, shown here on assignment covering cavalry and artillery on the Italian front during action in WWII, 1944.

“Usually I object when someone makes overmuch of men's work versus women's work, for I think it is the excellence of the results which counts.” —Margaret Bourke-White

Fjallraven Crinan jacket ($299); Silk hand-printed Nelli scarf ($135); Camo Helmet bag ($21); Bass Nikki boots in black and in tan and brown ($109).

12 comments:

The Dancer in the Dark said...

Love the shoes :)

Kionon said...

I love the quote. Much to say about anything really concerning gender roles. It's excellence and enjoyment which matter...

mamavalveeta03 said...

A feminist icon, not just a style icon!

random article said...

I have a helmet bag exactly like the one in the picture (except solid olive), and it's the greatest airplane carry-on ("personal item") ever. It's big enough to fit a normal-size purse, books, magazines, knitting, cameras, etc. It's slightly padded, so things don't get damaged or poke out of the cloth, and the small handle is the perfect size to loop around the handle of a rolling bag.

Jessica Swan said...

how do you know she was the first? what about Lee Miller? There were a lot of women war correspondents in WW2. None in ww1, however. but i am curious how you chose her as the "first". do tell!

Lizzie said...

Good question! What I do know is she is often credited as being the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet Industry, the first female war correspondent (and the first female permitted to work in combat zones) and the first female photographer for LIFE, where her photograph appeared on the first cover. I suppose Miller, another pioneer, came slightly later. It could be one of those things in history where it's blurry and she became the face of female war correspondents, or maybe it is indeed a hard fact.

Lizzie said...

Just looked deeper into Miller's career and she didn't become an accredited war correspondent until December of 1942, whereas it seems Bourke-White was on assignment in the 1930s, even before the war broke out.

Lizzie said...

@random article

Totally! I have one too and LOVE it!

Jessica Swan said...

So interesting! Sounds like she really was first. Thanks for the look-up! :)

Carly said...

Love! I just bought some Bass duck boots while shopping (read: squidging) in the snow in New York on the weekend... There's something about doing women's work in men's shoes that made me feel like the best kind of tomboy :)

Great uniform post, as per usual!
X Carly

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Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Love the jacket!

Nahum said...

Great picture. Margaret Bourke-White wasn't the first female war correspondent though. She might have been the first American female war correspondent. Gerda Taro is credited for being both the first female war correspondent and the first female correspondent to die in a war. She was killed while covering the Spanish Civil War with her boyfriend Robert Capa.