1950s Supermodel Bettina in Jacques Fath

Simone Micheline Bodin (1925-2015), 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. 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”

Bettina was invited by Christian Dior to join his fashion house which she refused, choosing instead to work for Fath.

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Jacques Fath in studio with Bettina Graziani, 1950 via

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Bettina Graziani in Jacques Fath Dress, 1949 via

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Dorian Leigh Models Black Evening Gown (1952)

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Genevieve Naylor, Dorian Leigh models a black evening gown with beaded waist by Simonetta Visconti 1952 © Genevieve Naylor/CORBI via

 

Amazing Double Images of Suzy Parker by Gjon Mili (1948)

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Gjon Mili, double image of Suzy Parker modelling skirt, jacket & hat in fabric printed to look like ocelot, New York, 1948  via

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Gjon Mili, double image of Suzy Parker modelling skirt, jacket & hat in fabric printed to look like ocelot, New York, 1948 via

Jean Patchett at the Museum of Modern Art by Nina Leen (1948)

Jean Patchett (1926 – 2002) was a leading fashion model of the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. She was among the best known models of that era, which included Dovima, Dorian Leigh, Suzy Parker, Evelyn Tripp and Lisa Fonssagrives.

She was famous for being one of the first high-fashion models to appear remote; previously, models had appeared warm and friendly.

During her career, she appeared on over 40 magazine covers. Patchett modeled for brands including Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Revlon.

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Nina Leen, Jean Patchett, Life, 1949 via

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Nina Leen, Jean Patchett, Life, 1949 via

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Nina Leen, Jean Patchett, Life, 1949 via

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Nina Leen, Jean Patchett, Life, 1949 via

Iconic Fashion Designer Coco Chanel by Cecil Beaton (1937)

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Coco Chanel, by Cecil Beaton 1937 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Coco Chanel, by Cecil Beaton 1937 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

Dovima and the Leopard by Richard Avedon (1950)

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

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Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper’s Bazaar, 1950 via

Bettina Graziani by Georges Dambier for ELLE (1953)

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Bettina Graziani wearing Givenchy, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE, 1953 via

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Bettina Graziani wearing Givenchy, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE, 1953 via