Carmen Dell’Orefice, is one of my very favorite models and living proof that style and beauty are ageless. She was discovered at age 13 while riding on a bus to ballet class in New York, 1944. While her first test shoot ended up in her being told she was unphotogenic, Carol Phillips, an editor at Vogue magazine and close friend of her godfather, knew better. Three years later she got her first Vogue cover, shot by Erwin Blumenfeld and has been modelling since. Today at 80 she is more relevant than ever, still working and looking her best yet. She embodies the kind of beauty and grace only life experience could give and her story is finally being told for the very first time.
Her first retrospective, Carmen: A life in Fashion, documents her journey in fashion, featuring many photographs from her personal archive taken throughout her life, unpublished photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, as well as many photos by some of the best fashion photographers of the past 6 decades. It combines fashion history and an intimate portrait of a woman whose beauty and work has spanned over 60 years.
Curated by her close friend David Downton a fashion illustrator, and visiting professor at the London College of Fashion, the exhibit takes place at the Fashion Space Gallery in London from November 16, 2011 until Januay 14, 2012.
Images taken from Fashion Space Gallery.
See more stunning images of Carmen here