Amazing Vintage Photos of Fashion Models Wearing Givenchy (1952)

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Ivy Nicholson in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Ensemble, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Ivy Nicholson, Sophie Malgat and Bettina Graziani in Givenchy’s interchangeable tops and skirts, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Ivy Nicholson, Sophie Malgat and Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Tops en Skirts, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952 via

 

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Beautiful Bettina Graziani by Frank Horvat (1958)

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Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Frank Horvat, 1958 via

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Bettina Graziani in Hubert de Givenchy Hat, photographed by Frank Horvat, 1958 via

 

Elegant Vintage Fashion Photos: 1950s Veiled Hats

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Irving Penn, Model Jean Patchett in black and white hat with veil, scarf and top, Vogue, 1950 via

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Jacques Fath, Hat with Veil, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1951 via

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Jacques Fath, Hat with Veil, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1951

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Lillian Marcuson in Lily Dache hat, photo by Milton Greene, 1951 via

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Mary Jane Russell photo by Larry Gordon, 1952 via

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Ivy Nicholson © Room wearing Givenchy’s stiff-veiled circlet, Photo Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Stunning 1950s Fashion Photographs of Bettina Graziani

Simone Micheline Bodin (1925—), known professionally as Bettina or Bettina Graziani, became one of the century’s first supermodels, rivalled in the forties only by the “English beauty” Barbara Goalen. She was associated with Pierre Balmain, Lucien Lelong, Jacques Fath, and Christian Dior, but most importantly with Givenchy, for whom she worked as a model and press agent.

Before becoming a model she was described as “a freckle-faced rail worker’s daughter from Brittany”. She was renamed and recreated by Jacques Fath, who told her, “We already have a Simone; you look to me like a Bettina.” Bodin was invited by Christian Dior to join his fashion house which she refused, choosing instead to work for Fath.

In 1952 Hubert de Givenchy named his first collection after her; one of its designs, the Byronesque “Bettina” blouse, became a fashion icon in the early 1950s and inspired the bottle for the best-selling Givenchy parfum “Amarige.”.

She retired from modeling in 1955, after meeting prince Aly Khan. In 1960, Bettina, then pregnant with their child, survived the car accident that took the life of the prince; the shock of the accident would later result in a miscarriage. After Aly Khan’s death, Bettina wrote her memoir, Bettina par Bettina.

Givenchy Hat, Paris 1957. Frank Horvat and Bettina Graziani

Bettina Graziani, Paris 1957

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Bettina Graziani, 1950

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Bettina Graziani wearring Jacques Fath, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1950

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Bettina Graziani in Dior, 1953 by Henry Clarke

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 Bettina and Brigitte Bardot, photo by Georges Dambier, 1954

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Bettina Graziani by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1950

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