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Helene Rochas (1921 - 2011)

Nelly Brignole studied dance and acting before meeting at 19, the fashion designer Marcel Rochas whom she soon married and became Hélène – much more elegant than Nelly. Beautiful and graceful, she perfectly embodied the Femme Rochas, she was her husband's ideal muse and model and had to renounce to her acting career even though she was offered a role in Jacques Becker's Golden Helmet. When her husband died in 1955, she proved she was not only a pretty face and took over his perfume brand and managed to make it become an international flourishing company. His death also helped 'La Belle Hélène' grow free of her Pygmalion's influence and she could finally decide what to wear and developed her own artistic taste - more modernist and subtle. The friend and inspiration of many fashion designers such as Hubert de Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, she imprinted contemporary art's mythology with the portrait Andy Warhol depicted of her in 1975.

Tags / Helene Rochas - Fashion - Muses - It Women - 1950s - Elegance - Art
Oscar de la Renta and Helene Rochas by Thomas Iannaccone, 1983
Oscar de la Renta and Helene Rochas by Thomas Iannaccone, 1983
Hélène Rochas, 1980s
Hélène Rochas, 1980s
Hélène Rochas by André Ostier at the Masquerade ball Nuit du Pré-Catelan in Paris , 1946
Hélène Rochas by André Ostier at the Masquerade ball Nuit du Pré-Catelan in Paris , 1946
Hélène Rochas in a dress designed by Marcel Rochas, 1940s
Hélène Rochas in a dress designed by Marcel Rochas, 1940s
Alexis de Red, Hélène Rochas and Madison Cox by Patrick Robert, 1987
Alexis de Red, Hélène Rochas and Madison Cox by Patrick Robert, 1987
Andy Warhol, Portrait of Hélène Rochas, (one of four), 1974 , 101.6 x 101.6 cm
Andy Warhol, Portrait of Hélène Rochas, (one of four), 1974 , 101.6 x 101.6 cm
Hélène Rochas by Regina Relang, 1933
Hélène Rochas by Regina Relang, 1933
Betty Catroux, Hélène Rochas and Yves Saint Laurent by Guy Marineau at YSL FW 1976 show in Paris, 1976
Betty Catroux, Hélène Rochas and Yves Saint Laurent by Guy Marineau at YSL FW 1976 show in Paris, 1976
Hélène Rochas by Cecil Beaton, 1960
Hélène Rochas by Cecil Beaton, 1960
Hélène Rochas in her garden, 1990s
Hélène Rochas in her garden, 1990s
Hélène Rochas and Jean-François Victor, ca. 1979
Hélène Rochas and Jean-François Victor, ca. 1979
César, Le Sein d'Hélène Rochas (The Breast of Hélène Rochas), 1967, 90 x 70.5 x 34 cm
César, Le Sein d'Hélène Rochas (The Breast of Hélène Rochas), 1967, 90 x 70.5 x 34 cm
César and Hélène Rochas, ca. 1967
César and Hélène Rochas, ca. 1967
Hélène Rochas, 1960s
Hélène Rochas, 1960s
Hélène Rochas's Home for Architectural Digest, 1984
Hélène Rochas's Home for Architectural Digest, 1984
Hélène Rochas's Home for Architectural Digest, 1984
Hélène Rochas's Home for Architectural Digest, 1984
Hélène Rochas's Home for Architectural Digest, 1984
Hélène Rochas's Home for Architectural Digest, 1984
Hélène Rochas's Home for Architectural Digest, 1984
Hélène Rochas's Home for Architectural Digest, 1984
Hélène Rochas by Karen Radkai, ca. 1960
Hélène Rochas by Karen Radkai, ca. 1960
Hélène Rochas in front of a Jean Dunand wooden screen in her Paris apartment, 1980s
Hélène Rochas in front of a Jean Dunand wooden screen in her Paris apartment, 1980s
Andy Warhol, Portrait of Hélène Rochas, (one of four), 1974 , 101.6 x 101.6 cm
Andy Warhol, Portrait of Hélène Rochas, (one of four), 1974 , 101.6 x 101.6 cm
Hélène Rochas with her son François and daughter Sophie, circa 1950
Hélène Rochas with her son François and daughter Sophie, circa 1950
Hélène Rochas by Georges Saad, 1950
Hélène Rochas by Georges Saad, 1950
Marcel Rochas and Helene Rochas with model, 1944
Marcel Rochas and Helene Rochas with model, 1944
Hélène Rochas wearing a Marcel Rochas Dress, ca. 1950
Hélène Rochas wearing a Marcel Rochas Dress, ca. 1950
Hélène Rochas by Jacques Rouchon, 1950s
Hélène Rochas by Jacques Rouchon, 1950s
Hélène Rochas by Pascal Hinous, 1984
Hélène Rochas by Pascal Hinous, 1984
Betty Catroux, Babe Paley, Hélène Rochas, Brando Brandolini, Oscar and friends, 1970s
Betty Catroux, Babe Paley, Hélène Rochas, Brando Brandolini, Oscar and friends, 1970s
Hélène Rochas and Andy Warhol at Maxim's in Paris, 1970
Hélène Rochas and Andy Warhol at Maxim's in Paris, 1970
Hélène Rochas for L'Officiel, 1960
Hélène Rochas for L'Officiel, 1960
Fabio Rieti, drawing of Hélène Rochas
Fabio Rieti, drawing of Hélène Rochas
Marcel Rochas and Hélène Rochas, 1950
Marcel Rochas and Hélène Rochas, 1950
Hélène Rochas by Pierre Guillau, 1986
Hélène Rochas by Pierre Guillau, 1986
Hélène Rochas by Baron, 1950
Hélène Rochas by Baron, 1950
Hélène Rochas, Pierre Bergé and Charlotte Aillaud at L'Alcazar in Paris, 1970s
Hélène Rochas, Pierre Bergé and Charlotte Aillaud at L'Alcazar in Paris, 1970s
Hélène Rochas at her home by Benjamin Auger, 1987
Hélène Rochas at her home by Benjamin Auger, 1987
wearing the Tiger shoulder brooch by René Boivin, 1960s
wearing the Tiger shoulder brooch by René Boivin, 1960s
Maria Callas, Yves Saint-Laurent and Hélène Rochas at the projection of Phèdre in Paris, 1968
Maria Callas, Yves Saint-Laurent and Hélène Rochas at the projection of Phèdre in Paris, 1968
Hélène Rochas, 1987
Hélène Rochas, 1987
Andy Warhol, Portrait of Hélène Rochas, (one of four), 1974 , 101.6 x 101.6 cm
Andy Warhol, Portrait of Hélène Rochas, (one of four), 1974 , 101.6 x 101.6 cm
wearing a Marcel Rochas Dress, 1951
wearing a Marcel Rochas Dress, 1951
Hélène Rochas, 1950s
Hélène Rochas, 1950s
Hélène Rochas, 1966
Hélène Rochas, 1966
Promotional for Madame Rochas in New Yorker Magazine, 1965
Promotional for Madame Rochas in New Yorker Magazine, 1965
Hélène Rochas, ca. 1987
Hélène Rochas, ca. 1987
Hélène Rochas by Karen Radkai, ca. 1960
Hélène Rochas by Karen Radkai, ca. 1960
Hélène Rochas, 1970s
Hélène Rochas, 1970s
Hélène Rochas and Maria Callas, 1970s
Hélène Rochas and Maria Callas, 1970s
Hélène Rochas and Maria Callas at the premierf Phaedra by Pierre Jourdan at Théâtre National de l'Opéra in Paris, photographed by Jean-Claude Deutsch, 1968
Hélène Rochas and Maria Callas at the premierf Phaedra by Pierre Jourdan at Théâtre National de l'Opéra in Paris, photographed by Jean-Claude Deutsch, 1968
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