A Collection of Vintage Photos Featuring Anne Gunning

Anne Gunning (1929-1990) started modeling in Ireland in 1953. First photographed by photographer Milton Greene, she went on to be photographed by the greatest photographers of the day. She gained global recognition after being featured on the cover of Life magazine in 1953.

Gunning limited herself to photographic modelling, despite requests from designers like Coco Chanel to be a part of their stage shows. She did only one fashion show – for Sybil Connolly – as a favour. She was afraid of falling down on the stage, and remarked:

“that sea of faces glaring at me was too daunting.”

She worked in Paris, New York and London. She and fellow model Barbara Mullen even accompanied Norrman Parkinson to India, on an assignment for Vogue.

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Ann Gunning, Paris Collections, for Vogue, August 1952 via

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Anne Gunning for Cartier Jewellery, 1952 via

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Anne Gunning in dress by Christian Dior for Vogue UK. Photo by Norman Parkinson, 1952 via

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Anne Gunning in crinolines, Ireland. Photo by Milton Greene, 1953 via

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Anne Gunning wearing Dior, 1954 via

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Anne Gunning in front of Nandi, the Sacred Bull, on Chamundi Hill above Mysore City. Skirt and blouse by Christian Dior, India, Vogue. Photo by Norman Parkinson, 1956 via

A Collection of Vintage Photos Featuring Dovima

Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba (1927 – 1990), later known as Dorothy Horan, and best known as Dovima, was an American model during the 1950s.

Born in New York City, Dovima was discovered on a sidewalk in New York by an editor at Vogue, and had a photo shoot with Irving Penn the following day. She worked closely with Richard Avedon, whose photograph of her in a floor-length black evening gown with circus elephants—”Dovima with the Elephants” —taken at the Cirque d’hiver, Paris, in August 1955, has become an icon. The gown was the first evening dress designed for Christian Dior by his new assistant, Yves Saint-Laurent.

Dovima was reputed to be the highest-paid model of her time. She had a role in Funny Face (Paramount, 1957) as an aristocratic-looking, but empty-headed, fashion model with a Jackson Heights whine.

Dovima gave birth to a daughter named Allison on July 14, 1958, in Manhattan. Allison’s father is Dovima’s second husband, Allan Murray.

She died of liver cancer on May 3, 1990 at the age of 62.

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Diana Vreeland, Dovima and Richard Avedon, 1950s via

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Lillian Bassman, Dovima in New York, 1954 via

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Dovima in Christian Dior Suit and Hat, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1955 via

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Richard Avedon, Christobal Balenciaga, Dovima in cloche – Cafe de Deux Magots, Paris 1955 via

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Henry Clarke, Dovima wearing Lanvin dress, 1955 via

A Model Wearing Christian Dior Fashions in Venice (1951)

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A model wearing Christian Dior fashions in Venice, 3rd June 1951. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images) via

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A model in a Christian Dior outfit outside the Santa Maria Della Salute church, Venice, 3rd June 1951. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images) via

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A model wearing Christian Dior fashions on the Piazza San Marco in Venice, 3rd June 1951. St Mark’s Campanile and the column bearing a winged lion are visible in the background. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images) via

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A model wearing Christian Dior fashions in Venice, 3rd June 1951. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images) via

A Map From The Vendor

A street vendor sells a map to a model in a Christian Dior outfit on the Piazza San Marco, Venice, 3rd June 1951. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images) via

Richard Avedon & His Amazing Stylish Muse Dovima

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,

evening dress by Christian Dior, Cirque d Hiver, August 1955 via

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Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants,

evening dress by Christian Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, August 1955 via

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

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

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