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

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

Jean Shrimpton in Mary Quant Dress (1963)

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Jean Shrimpton in Mary Quant Dress, photographed by John French, 1963 via

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Jean Shrimpton in Mary Quant Dress, photographed by John French, 1963 via

Iconic 1960s Model Jean Shrimpton in New York by David Bailey (1962)

Jean Shrimpton’s (1942) was a fashion model and icon of Swinging London. Her  career rose to prominence through her work with photographer David Bailey.

Of Jean Shrimpton, Bailey said:

She was magic and the camera loved her too. In a way she was the cheapest model in the world – you only needed to shoot half a roll of film and then you had it. She had the knack of having her hand in the right place, she knew where the light was, she was just a natural.

Shrimpton’s first photo session with Bailey was in 1960 (either for Condé Nast’s Brides on 7 December 1960 or for British Vogue). She started to become known in the modelling world around the time she was working with Bailey.

Shrimpton has stated she owed Bailey her career, and he is often credited for discovering her and being influential in her career.

In turn, she was Bailey’s muse, and his photographs of her helped him rise to prominence in his early career.

 

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David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton, New York, 1962

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David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton, New York, 1962  via

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David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton, New York, 1962  via

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David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton, New York, 1962  via

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David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton, New York, 1962  via

Amazing Vintage Photos of Fashion’s First Supermodel Lisa Fonssagrives

Swedish fashion model Lisa Fonssagrives (1911 – 1992) is widely credited as the world´s first supermodel. She was born Lisa Birgitta Bernstone and was  raised in Uddevalla.

She went to Mary Wigman’s school in Berlin and studied art and dance. After returning to Sweden, she opened a dance school.  She moved from Sweden to Paris to train for ballet and worked as a private dance teacher with Photographer Fernand Fonssagrives, which then led to a modeling career.

She married Fonssagrives in 1935; they divorced and she later married fashion photographer, Irving Penn, in 1950.

The Elton John photography collection auction held by Christie’s on October 15, 2004 sold a 1950 Irving Penn photograph of his wife, Lisa Fonssagrives, for $57,360.

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VOGUE Cover, Lisa Fonssagrives by Horst P. Horst, 1940 via

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Lisa Fonssagrives by Irving Penn, 1949

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Lisa Fonssagrives by Lillian Bassman via

 

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Lisa Fonssagrives by Irving Penn via

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Lisa Fonssagrives, 1940’s via

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Lisa Fonssagrives on the Eiffel Tower by Erwin Blumenfeld, Vogue, 1939 via

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Lisa Fonssagrives Le Modele by Fernand Fonssagrives, 1942 via