Sunday, June 26, 2011

Muses de la Mode: Dorian Leigh

The first great fashion model and muse herself, Dorian Leigh!  She made her international debut on the cover of a 1944 issue of Harpers Bazaar at the age of 27.  The famously told Eileen Ford that would only sign with Ford Modeling Agency if they would also sign her sister, Suzy Parker, sight unseen.  (Of course, Ford accepted, and luckily so, seeing as the sisters are now icons of the golden age of fashion!)  At only 5'5" tall and twenty-seven years old, Dorian's assent to fashion royalty proved that a girl didn't need height or youth to be beautiful.  With five marriages under her belt, she is also thought to be the inspiration for Truman Capote's Holly Golightly.

Here are just a few of her amazing contributions to the industry.

Here she is with her equally lovely sister, Suzy Parker.



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