Marion Morehouse Modelling Chanel by Edward Steichen (1925-1930)

Marion Morehouse (1906-1969), was a fashion model who rose to prominance in the late 1920s and early 1930s sitting for Vanity Fair and Vogue photographer Edward Steichen. He described her as

‘the greatest fashion model I ever photographed.’

Tall, thin with brown eyes and a narrow face inherited from her native American ancestry, Marion Morehouse was often compared to a Modigliani painting. Here she is photographed by Steichen in the simple-line designs of 1920s Chanel couture.

Marion Morehouse in Beaded Chanel Gown

Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, in beaded Chanel Gown, 1925

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse in crepe romain dress by Chanel, 1926

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse in crepe romain dress by Chanel, 1926

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1927

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Model Marion Morehouse in Crepe Coat with Fur Collar

Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1929

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1930

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse and Helen Lyons wearing Chanel at Elizabeth Arden Salon, 1930 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.

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Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – Photographs

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (1883 – 1971) was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the “corseted silhouette” and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel’s influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product.

Chanel was known for her lifelong determination, ambition, and energy which she applied to her professional and social life. She achieved both success as a businesswoman and social prominence thanks to the connections she made through her work. These included many artists and craftspeople to whom she became a patron. However, Chanel’s life choices generated controversy, particularly her behaviour during the German occupation of France in World War II.

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Coco Chanel à Moulins, 1903 .

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Gabrielle Chanel, Deauville 1913

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Salvador Dalí and Coco Chanel

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel 1931

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Coco Chanel Photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1937

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Coco Chanel, 1937. Photo by Photo by George Hoyningen-Huene

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Coco Chanel in her atelier Romy Schneider 1960.

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Coco Chanel in her atelier with Romy Schneider, 1960

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Stylish & Elegant Vintage Photos of the First “Supermodel” Marion Morehouse (1920s)

Photo: Marion Morehouse, 1930’s.

Marion Morehouse (1906-1969), was a fashion model who rose to prominance in the late 20s and early 30s, sitting for Vanity Fair and Vogue photographer Edward Steichen. The pair created some strikingly modernist photographs. According to Steichen Morehouse was:

The greatest fashion model I ever photographed …. When she put on the clothes that were to be photographed, she transformed herself into a woman who really would wear that gown … whatever the outfit was.

She was also a favorite of Cecil Beaton and French Vogue‘s Baron George Hoyningen-Huene. Morehouse was of Choctaw Indian ancestry, with brown eyes and an angular frame  After her modeling career ended, she took up photography herself.

Later she became the third wife of author and painter E.E Cummings. When Cummings met Marion Morehouse in 1932, he was in the middle of a painful split from his second wife, Anne Barton. Although it is not clear whether the two were ever formally married, Morehouse lived with Cummings in a common-law marriage until his death in 1962. Morehouse died on May 18, 1969, while living at 4 Patchin Place, Greenwich Village, New York City, where Cummings had resided since September 8, 1924

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Marion Morehouse in a Chanel ‘mermaid’ dress, 1929,

by Edward Steichen

Marion Morehouse, in the apartment of Conde Nast, wearing a beaded

white chiffon dress by Chanel, and ankle-strap shoes by Delman, 1927,

photo by Edward Steichen

ca. 1926, Marion Morehouse in back view, wearing a moire gown

with a plunging back and a huge bow; designed by Louiseboulanger

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Lee Miller; Marion Morehouse Cummings, by Cecil Beaton, 1929 - NPG x40262 - © Condé Nast

Lee Miller; Marion Morehouse, bromide print, 1929

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Cheruit, 1928

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, wearing sequined dress by Cheruit, 1927

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