Dovima: Elegance, Captured

It is a bit of a misconception that supermodels were invented in the late 70’s/early 80’s. While they were not as famous as their later counterparts, they were just as radiant in front of the camera. One of the most famous of the 50’s models is Dovima.

After being discovered walking the street of New York. Dovima featured on the cover of Vogue and every other magazine at the time. Like any top models she worked with all the major photographers, She had a particularly close relationship with Richard Avedon. Thanks to Avedon’s shots; Dovima became the ultimate 50’s haute couture model, posing in Christian Dior. She also played an air headed model in Funny Face in 1957.

Part of her appeal was not just her beauty, but her poise and almost aristocratic features. When you see the types of models that have come and subsequently gone, few can match Dovima’s grace and elegance.


black Taffeta

Dovima and bag



  1. I am always amazed by the 1950’s photos — so perfect. Gorgeous, but hard to achieve without help…
    PS. Did you see the Moschino Dress, yesterday? I thought of you.

    1. Just seen the dress, very lovely. With the gloves superb! Will you be wearing that for Christmas?

      1. I wore it with that crowd to a Gala in 2010, so I am planning to use it for New Year’s Eve. Different crowd — fresh.

      2. Sounds wonderful. Have you chosen your shoes yet?

      3. I think I went with stockings and black heeled patent leather boots by Sergio Rossi, last time. I am open for suggestions, any thoughts?

      4. Sounds like you have it under control. What about jewellery? Will you be going with a collar?

      5. I have to see how my silver collar works, it is very simple. The design on the dress is busier, I don’t want to detract. Maybe just a black ribbon — I have 1″ with a silver hardware closure.

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