Suzy Parker & Dorian Leigh (1953)

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Marisa Berenson in Valentino by Henry Clarke (1968)

Marisa Berenson was born in New York City in 1947. Her maternal grandmother was the fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Berenson had risen to prominence in the early 1960s and would later appear on the cover of the July 1970 issue of Vogue and in numerous fashion layouts for the magazine. Yves Saint Laurent once dubbed her “the girl of the Seventies”.

Eventually she was cast in several prominent film roles amongst others the Jewish department store heiress Natalia Landauer in the 1972 film Cabaret, for which she received some acclaim (including two Golden Globe nominations, a BAFTAnomination and an award from the National Board of Review).

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American actress and model Marisa Berenson wearing a white organdy Valentino dress photographed by Vogue photographer Henry Clarke, in Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment in 1968.

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American actress and model Marisa Berenson wearing a white organdy Valentino dress photographed by Vogue photographer Henry Clarke, in Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment in 1968.

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American actress and model Marisa Berenson wearing a white organdy Valentino dress photographed by Vogue photographer Henry Clarke, in Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment in 1968.

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Vintage Photos of Glamorous 1950s Model Suzy Parker

When modeling agent Eileen Ford met the model Dorian Leigh’s fifteen-year-old redhead sister, in 1948, she ‘almost fainted with delight’. Suzy Parker became a prominent model of her times who, with her high dimpled cheeks, short flame hair and dark blue eyes, captured the attention of the most famous photographers such as Richard Avedon who believed ‘she was something else – a redheaded force of nature, a wolf in chic clothing, the one flesh-and-blood woman in a world of exquisite creatures’ (source).

Her modeling career reached its zenith during the 1950s. She appeared on the cover of dozens of magazines and in advertisements and starred in movie and television roles.

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Suzy Parker in Harpers Bazaar, wearing a little feathery hat. Photograph by Richard Avedon

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 Suzy Parker for Mauboussin, 1953. Photograph by Henry Clarke.

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Suzy Parker 1955 in Lillian Bassman’s photograph The V‐Back Evenings. Lillian Bassman/Harper’s Bazaar.

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Suzy Parker, Etole Leopard, Paris 1952. Photograph by Georges Dambier.

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Suzy Parker wears Dior Haute Couture. American Vogue, 1952. Photograph by Horst P. Horst.

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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.

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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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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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Dovima – Richard Avedon´s Muse

Dovima (1927-1990) was reputed to be the highest-paid model of her time. Richard Avedon (1923 – 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that:

“his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century”

Dovima was the muse of Richard Avedon who depicted her, in a legendary photograph posing in a Christian Dior evening dress with elephants from the Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, in 1955.

In 2010, a record price of £719,000 was achieved at Christie’s for a unique seven-foot-high print of the photo. This particular print, the largest of this image, was made in 1978 for Avedon’s fashion retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and was bought by Maison Christian Dior.

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Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants,

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Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants,

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Dovima, dress by Claire McCardell, Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt, January 1951

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Richard Avedon, Dovima dress by Claire McCardell, Egypt, January 1952

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Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing a Leopard fur coat by Bernham-Stein, 1950.

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Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper’s Bazaar, 1950

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Richard Avedon, Dovima, evening dress by Jacques Fath, Paris, August 1950.

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