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

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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Gloria Swanson in the Queen Kelly (1929)

 Josephine Baker

Josephine baker´s Eton crop haircut

1920s flapper Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks short bobbed flapper hair

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Marion Morehouse in Chanel – 1926 – Vogue – Photo by Edward Steichen – @~ Mlle

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Norma Shearer giving thanks for her amazing wardrobe collection in A Slave to Fashion, 1925

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Bebe Daniels in 1927 with a tiger

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1920s icon Gilda Gray looking very glamorous

Bloomer-esque short pants and a jaunty monocle, what's not to adore? (Image 1927-1928.) #vintage #1920s #fashion

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Stylish & Elegant Vintage Madeleine Vionnet Fashion Photography

Madeleine Vionnet (1876 – 1975) was a French fashion designer. Called the “Queen of the bias cut” and “the architect among dressmakers”. With her bias cut clothes, Vionnet dominated haute couture in the 1930s setting trends with her sensual gowns worn by such stars as Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn and Greta Garbo.

Vionnet’s vision of the female form revolutionized modern clothing and the success of her unique cuts assured her reputation. She fought for copyright laws in fashion and employed what were considered revolutionary labor practices at the time – paid holidays and maternity leave, day-care, a dining hall, a resident doctor and dentist.

Vionnet was also the first designer to introduce a prêt-à-porter (ready to wear) line based on her couture pieces, which she sold in the United States. Today, Madeleine Vionnet is considered one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century.

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Edward Steichen. Marion Morehouse and unidentified model wearing dresses by Vionnet. 1930 Courtesy Condé Nast Archive © 1930 Condé Nast Publications

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Madeleine Vionnet, 1935

Vionnet hound’s tooth coat with three buttons and a transformable collar, 1930