Eileen Ford - Fifties Supermodel Pioneer

Salute to Eileen Ford, founder of one of the world's most prestigious modelling agencies, born on this date in 1922.  

Ford created the career and  represented most of the top fifties models. Included among these supermodels were Jean Patchett, Dorian Leigh, Suzy Parker, Evelyn Tripp, Lisa Fonssagrives, Mary Jane Russell, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Dovima, Lillian Marcuson, Dolores Hawkins, Sunny Harnett, Nan Rees, and Georgia Hamilton. They would go on to work for many of the most influential fifties' fashion designers, magazines, and photographers.

Jean Patchett for Vogue May 15, 1951
Photographer Clifford Coffin
Dorian Leigh in Lilli Ann Ensemble
Harper's Bazaar 1957
Suzy Parker in Lilli Ann Dress 1956
Evelyn Tripp in Louise Dahl-Wolfe Photograph
Harper's Bazaar 1955
Lisa Fonssagrives in evening gown Amerique by Christian Dior
Irving Penn Photo for Vogue October 15, 1950 
Mary Jane Russel in Clifford Coffin Photo
Vogue February 15, 1950
Carmen Dell'Orefice in Pauline Trigere Dinner Coat
Hat by Elizabeth Arden, Photo by Dan Wynn
Harper's Bazaar January 1959
Dovima in Madame Grès
Richard Avedon 1950
Lillian Marcuson 1951 in Milliken wool crepe dress
Janice Milan Designer
Dolores Hawkins in Jonathan Logan Gown 1954
Sunny Harnett in Claire McCardell Dress
Richard Rutledge Photo for 1951 Vogue
Nan Rees in John Weitz Housecoat
Milton Greene 1951 Photo
Georgia Hamilton in Balenciaga
Eileen Ford and these world-class supermodels are responsible for today's fascination with fifties fashions.

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