Charles Frederick Worth

Charles Frederick Worth

Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaperelli

Madame Gres

Madame Gres

Cristobal Balenciaga

Cristobal Balenciaga

Charles James (wearing the tuxedo)

Charles James (wearing the tuxedo)

Gilbert Adrian

Gilbert Adrian

Jeanne Lanvin

Jeanne Lanvin

Christian Dior in a lab coat!

Christian Dior in a lab coat!

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

Paul Poiret

Paul Poiret

Madeline Vionnet

Madeline Vionnet

Pauline Trigere

Pauline Trigere

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Bonnie Cashin

Bonnie Cashin

Early Richard Avedon

May 25, 2009

The early work of Richard Avedon has been getting a lot of attention lately because of the Avedon Fashion Photography 1944 – 2000 exhibit at The International Center of Photography.  “Dovima and Elephants” is also being featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the “Model as  Muse” exhibit in the Costume Institute.  Here are a few of my favorite early Avedon photographs.

Dovima in Balenciaga Couture

Dovima in Balenciaga cloche - Cafe de Deux Magots, Paris 1955

Dorian Leigh  Evening dress by Piguet, lie St.-Louis, Paris, August 1949

Dorian Leigh - evening dress by Piguet, lie St.-Louis, Paris, August 1949

avedon perugia avedon

Sunny Harnett - evening dress by Madame Gres, Casino, Le Touquet, August 1954

Sunny Harnett - evening dress by Madame Gres, Casino, Le Touquet, August 1954

Carmen - Coat by  Pierre Cardin 1957

Carmen - Coat by Pierre Cardin 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - coat by Guy Laroche, Palais-Royal, Paris, August 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - coat by Guy Laroche, Palais-Royal, Paris, August 1957

Dovima

Dovima

Georgia Hamilton - emsemble by Balenciaga

Georgia Hamilton - emsemble by Balenciaga

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - Evening dress by Madame Gres, Moulin Rouge, Paris, August 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - Evening dress by Madame Gres, Moulin Rouge, Paris, August 1957