Vintage/Looking Back At Vikki’s back

You may not recognize her from the front, but you likely recognize her backside — hence her nickname, “The Back”.

Vikki Dougan

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50s “it girl” Vikki Dougan got this flattering nickname by wearing provocative dresses, cut  inappropriately low at the back, even just to run around town.

She inspired a lot of pop artists.

Her images were not only collected by English pop artists, but even inspired works, such as Richard Hamilton’s $he (1958-61).

Photo: www.tate.org.uk
Photo: www.tate.org.uk

$he explores the imagery of consumerism and female identity.
‘Sex is everywhere, symbolised in the glamour of mass-produced luxury – the interplay of fleshy plastic and smooth, fleshier metal’, Hamilton wrote. ‘This relationship of woman and appliance is a fundamental theme of our culture; as obsessive and archetypal as the Western movie gun duel.’

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Photographs by Ralph Crane for LIFE Magazine

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