Muses

Suzy Parker (1932 - 2003)

When modeling agent Eileen Ford met the model Dorian Leigh’s fifteen-year-old redhead sister, in 1948, she ‘almost fainted with delight’. Suzy Parker became a prominent model of her times who, with her high dimpled cheeks, short flame hair and dark blue eyes, captured the attention of the most famous photographers such as Richard Avedon who believed ‘she was something else – a redheaded force of nature, a wolf in chic clothing, the one flesh-and-blood woman in a world of exquisite creatures.’ Praised for her versatility, Suzy Parker became Coco Chanel’s muse from 1954, helping the fashion designer to revive the historical couture house. At the end of the 1950s, she took on an acting career and appeared in Ten North Frederick, in 1958 and The Interns, in 1962 after having served as an inspiration to Audrey Hepburn’s character in Funny Face, in 1957. The American model who was the first to pose in a bikini in an American magazine, once shared the secret of her success: 'Individuality. Put a high price on that. . . You never want the costume to be more important than the woman.'

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Lillian Bassman, Suzy Parker, Harper's Bazaar, New York, April 1952
Lillian Bassman, Suzy Parker, Harper's Bazaar, New York, April 1952
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker, August  1952
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker, August 1952
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker with Robin Tattersall, Dress by Dior, Place de la Concorde, Paris, August 1956
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker with Robin Tattersall, Dress by Dior, Place de la Concorde, Paris, August 1956
John Rawlings, Suzy Parker in Jacques Griffe, Vogue, 1953
John Rawlings, Suzy Parker in Jacques Griffe, Vogue, 1953
Milton H Greene, suzy Parker in a dress by Norman Norell, 1952
Milton H Greene, suzy Parker in a dress by Norman Norell, 1952
Horst P.Horst, Suzy Parker, August 1954
Horst P.Horst, Suzy Parker, August 1954
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker for Chanel N°5, 1957
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker for Chanel N°5, 1957
John rawlings , Suzy Parker, Exercise Ring and Jantzen Swimsuit, 1946
John rawlings , Suzy Parker, Exercise Ring and Jantzen Swimsuit, 1946
John rawlings, Suzy Parker, Christian Dior,Vogue, October 1953
John rawlings, Suzy Parker, Christian Dior,Vogue, October 1953
Lillian Bassman, Suzy Parker, Harper’s Bazaar, April 1955
Lillian Bassman, Suzy Parker, Harper’s Bazaar, April 1955
Lillian Bassman, Suzy Parker in V-Back Evenings, Harper's Bazaar, july 1955
Lillian Bassman, Suzy Parker in V-Back Evenings, Harper's Bazaar, july 1955
Suzy Parker, 1950's
Suzy Parker, 1950's
Suzy parker, advertising for Modess, 1956
Suzy parker, advertising for Modess, 1956
ohn Rawlings, Suzy Parker in Balenciaga, Vogue, 1953
ohn Rawlings, Suzy Parker in Balenciaga, Vogue, 1953
Jack Robinson, Suzy Parker, 1950's
Jack Robinson, Suzy Parker, 1950's
Richard Avedon, Robin Tattersall and Suzy Parker, Harper's Bazaar, september 1956
Richard Avedon, Robin Tattersall and Suzy Parker, Harper's Bazaar, september 1956
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker in Givenchy, 1952-53
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker in Givenchy, 1952-53
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker for Mauboussin, 1953
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker for Mauboussin, 1953
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker in Chanel, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker in Chanel, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker in Chanel, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker in Chanel, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Dior, Monte Carlo, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Dior, Monte Carlo, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Fath, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Fath, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Griffe, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Griffe, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Manguin, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Manguin, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Pertegaz, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Pertegaz, 1954
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Lanvin, 1959
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Lanvin, 1959
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Chanel, 1960
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Chanel, 1960
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Dorville, 1963
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker pour Dorville, 1963
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, Evening Dress by Griffe, Folies-Bergere, August 1957
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, Evening Dress by Griffe, Folies-Bergere, August 1957
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols, August 1962
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols, August 1962
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols, Dress by Dior, Maxim's, Paris, August 1962
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols, Dress by Dior, Maxim's, Paris, August 1962
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols, Paris, August 1962
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Mike Nichols, Paris, August 1962
Richard Avedon, Coco Chanel and Suzy Parker , 1962
Richard Avedon, Coco Chanel and Suzy Parker , 1962
Richard Avedon,  Evening Dress by Dior, Paris Studio, August 1956
Richard Avedon,  Evening Dress by Dior, Paris Studio, August 1956
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, 1957
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, 1957
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker in evening dress by Lanvin-Castillo, Café des Beaux Arts, Paris, August 1956
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker in evening dress by Lanvin-Castillo, Café des Beaux Arts, Paris, August 1956
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker in coat by Guy Laroche and Robin Tattersall, Palais Royal, Paris, August 1957
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker in coat by Guy Laroche and Robin Tattersall, Palais Royal, Paris, August 1957
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker with Gardner McKay and Robin Tattersall, 1957
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker with Gardner McKay and Robin Tattersall, 1957
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker, Antigua, West Indies, 1962
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker, Antigua, West Indies, 1962
Mark Shaw, Coco Chanel and Suzy Parker 1960's
Mark Shaw, Coco Chanel and Suzy Parker 1960's
Georges Dambier, Suzy Parker, Morocco, pour Elle, April 1953
Georges Dambier, Suzy Parker, Morocco, pour Elle, April 1953
Allan Grant, Suzy Parker on set making a movie, 1957
Allan Grant, Suzy Parker on set making a movie, 1957
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Suzy Parker, the Seine, 1953
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Suzy Parker, the Seine, 1953
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker and Cary Grant in Kiss Them for Me, 1957
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker and Cary Grant in Kiss Them for Me, 1957
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker and Cary Grant in Kiss Them for Me, 1957
Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker and Cary Grant in Kiss Them for Me, 1957
Nina Leen, Suzy Parker, 1950
Nina Leen, Suzy Parker, 1950
Nina Leen, Suzy Parker, 1950
Nina Leen, Suzy Parker, 1950
Nina Leen, Suzy Parker, 1950
Nina Leen, Suzy Parker, 1950
Peter Stackpole,  fashion models & sisters, Suzy Parker & Dorian Leigh, 1953
Peter Stackpole, fashion models & sisters, Suzy Parker & Dorian Leigh, 1953
Peter Stackpole,  fashion models & sisters, Suzy Parker & Dorian Leigh, 1953
Peter Stackpole, fashion models & sisters, Suzy Parker & Dorian Leigh, 1953
Suzy Parker in Christian Dior, 1952
Suzy Parker in Christian Dior, 1952
George Dambier, suzy parker for ELLE Magazine, Maroc, 1953
George Dambier, suzy parker for ELLE Magazine, Maroc, 1953
Suzy Parker on the cover of 1951 LIFE magazine
Suzy Parker on the cover of 1951 LIFE magazine
Suzy Parker, 1960's
Suzy Parker, 1960's
Virginia Thoren, Suzy Parker in an Emba mink stole and a gown by Ceil Chapman, Harper's Bazaar, November 1955
Virginia Thoren, Suzy Parker in an Emba mink stole and a gown by Ceil Chapman, Harper's Bazaar, November 1955
Jacques Boucher, Suzy Parker in chanel, Vogue, 1954
Jacques Boucher, Suzy Parker in chanel, Vogue, 1954
Suzy Parker, 1955
Suzy Parker, 1955
Suzy Parker, 1960's
Suzy Parker, 1960's
Suzy Parker and Richard Avedon, 1960's
Suzy Parker and Richard Avedon, 1960's
Suzy Parker, 1957
Suzy Parker, 1957
Constantin Joffé, Jean Patchett, Dovima and Suzy Parker, 1955
Constantin Joffé, Jean Patchett, Dovima and Suzy Parker, 1955
Suzy Parker, 1950's
Suzy Parker, 1950's
George Dambier, suzy parker entre chez Chistian Dior, Paris, 1952
George Dambier, suzy parker entre chez Chistian Dior, Paris, 1952
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker is wearing a Creation of Chanel, Harper's Bazaar, January 1957
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker is wearing a Creation of Chanel, Harper's Bazaar, January 1957
Peter Stackpole, Suzy Parker with a camera, 1953
Peter Stackpole, Suzy Parker with a camera, 1953
Allan Grant, Suzy Parker, July 3, 1957
Allan Grant, Suzy Parker, July 3, 1957
Allan Grant, Gary Cooper and Suzy Parker his co-star in the film Kiss Them For Me, 1957
Allan Grant, Gary Cooper and Suzy Parker his co-star in the film Kiss Them For Me, 1957
Gjon Mili, Double image of Suzy Parker modelling skirt, jacket & hat in fabric printed to look like ocelot, New York, 1948
Gjon Mili, Double image of Suzy Parker modelling skirt, jacket & hat in fabric printed to look like ocelot, New York, 1948
Gjon Mili, Double image of Suzy Parker modelling skirt, jacket & hat in fabric printed to look like ocelot, New York, 1948
Gjon Mili, Double image of Suzy Parker modelling skirt, jacket & hat in fabric printed to look like ocelot, New York, 1948
Suzy Parker, 1950's
Suzy Parker, 1950's
Regina Reelang, Suzy Parker, 1950's
Regina Reelang, Suzy Parker, 1950's
Revlon Lipstick, Suzy Parker, 1958
Revlon Lipstick, Suzy Parker, 1958
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Suzy Parker by the Seine, Costume by Balenciaga and Hat by Christian Dior, 1953
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Suzy Parker by the Seine, Costume by Balenciaga and Hat by Christian Dior, 1953
Revlon, Suzy Parker, 1950's
Revlon, Suzy Parker, 1950's
Bert Stern, Suzy Parker, 1950's
Bert Stern, Suzy Parker, 1950's
Suzy Parker in a 1950's advertising for Chanel
Suzy Parker in a 1950's advertising for Chanel
Suzy Parker, 1957
Suzy Parker, 1957
Suzy Parker in feather hat by John Frederics for advertising VETO, 1957
Suzy Parker in feather hat by John Frederics for advertising VETO, 1957
Suzy Parker in advertising for Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, 1953
Suzy Parker in advertising for Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, 1953
Clifford Coffin, Suzy Parker wearing beige button-front suit with white flower hat by Christian Dior, march 1953
Clifford Coffin, Suzy Parker wearing beige button-front suit with white flower hat by Christian Dior, march 1953
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