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

Beautiful Vintage Portraits of Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon (1950s)

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Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon, 1953 via

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Gloria Vanderbilt in Mainbocher Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, 1955 via

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Gloria Vanderbilt by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, 1955 via

Veruschka & Richard Avedon in Japan for Vogue (1966)

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 US Vogue October 1966: ‘The Great Fur Caravan’ shot on location in the Japanese Alps by Richard Avedon and stars Veruschka

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 US Vogue October 1966: ‘The Great Fur Caravan’ shot on location in the Japanese Alps by Richard Avedon and stars Veruschka via

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US Vogue October 1966: ‘The Great Fur Caravan’ shot on location in the Japanese Alps by Richard Avedon and stars Veruschka via

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 US Vogue October 1966: ‘The Great Fur Caravan’ shot on location in the Japanese Alps by Richard Avedon and stars Veruschka via

Amazing Vintage Photos of Barbara “Babe” Paley

Barbara “Babe” Cushing Mortimer Paley (1915 – 1978) was an American socialite and style icon, whose second husband was the founder of CBS, William S. Paley. She was known by the popular nickname “Babe” for most of her life. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1958.

Long after her death, Babe Paley remains an icon in the world of fashion and style. “Babe Paley had only one fault,” commented her one-time friend Truman Capote.

“She was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect.”

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Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbara “Babe” Paley, 1960’s via

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Babe Paley by Erwin Blumenfeld via

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Clifford Coffin, Portrait of Barbara “Babe” Paley, British Vogue, 1946 via

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John Rawlings, Portrait of Barbara “Babe” Cushing Mortimer Paley, Vogue, February 1946 via

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Babe Paley  in 1940 Wedding Gown by Mabel McIlvain Downs 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

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 via

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

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

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

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