Wednesday, July 30, 2014



White georgette crepe descending in winding folds below a bosom banded in black velvet and marked with a huge white rose.

The Grand Decolletage - sleeved to the wrists long and tight: Dior's black velvet sheath, sashed high under the bosom with a great streamer of white satin.

Considered the most famous images in fashion photography, Avedon's "Dovima with Elephants," sets the designs of Yves Saint Laurent, a new young assistant to the French couturier, Christian Dior, against a backdrop of circus elephants. 

The confluence of the arms of Dovima alongside the trunks of the elephants is considered a "miracle of grace and balance."

Dior's Sinuous Evening Line
Paris Report Fall 1955
Photography: Richard Avedon

More posts on this fashion shoot.
July 3, 2011  Dovima Mid-Century Supermodel 
November 25, 2010 Dovima With Elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France, 1955

...eyes on the fifties at devodotcom

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