Muses

Dovima (1927 - 1990)

The American model who had made up her dramatic name at an early age, was post-war's glamorous and sophisticated totem, the ideal embodiment of Parisian haute couture. The muse of Richard Avedon who depicted Dovima, in a legendary photography, alongside elephants, in 1955, resembled the mysterious and exotic Queen Nefertiti with her dark hair and trademark heavily made-up eyes. Nonetheless, in 1962 with Diana Vreeland's arrival at Vogue, 'the last of the great elegant aristocratic beauties' found herself replaced by a new wave of juvenile models such as Twiggy. Dovima who led a troubled personal life, preferred to end her career as she 'didn’t want to wait until the camera turned cruel' and she soon found herself struggling and taking on various odd jobs to survive. Ending her life in a tragic act that echoes better the extravagances of modern fashion than her era's, Dovima nonetheless left behind her powerful images in which she 'looked like she could freeze ice.'

Richard Avedon, Dovima, 1950's
Richard Avedon, Dovima, 1950's
Milton H.Greene, Dovima, 1952
Milton H.Greene, Dovima, 1952
Richard Rutleged, Dovima, Vogue 1951
Richard Rutleged, Dovima, Vogue 1951
Milton H.Greene, Dovima, 1952
Milton H.Greene, Dovima, 1952
Gjon Mili, Dovima, Life, 1946
Gjon Mili, Dovima, Life, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Dovima, Vogue, May 1952
Cecil Beaton, Dovima, Vogue, May 1952
Gjon Mili, Dovima, Life, 1946
Gjon Mili, Dovima, Life, 1946
Dovima wearing Christian Dior, Vogue, 1956
Dovima wearing Christian Dior, Vogue, 1956
Dovima, 1955
Dovima, 1955
Dovima, 1950's
Dovima, 1950's
Dovima in Philip Hulitard dress, 1951
Dovima in Philip Hulitard dress, 1951
Richard Avedon, Dovima close up , 1956
Richard Avedon, Dovima close up , 1956
Richard Avedon, Dovima in a Hattie Carnegie suit and hat, with actor Ray Bolger, Harper's Bazaar, 1957
Richard Avedon, Dovima in a Hattie Carnegie suit and hat, with actor Ray Bolger, Harper's Bazaar, 1957
Henry Clarke, Dovima wearing Jacques Fath, 1956
Henry Clarke, Dovima wearing Jacques Fath, 1956
Henry Clarke, Dovima wearing Jacques Fath, 1956
Henry Clarke, Dovima wearing Jacques Fath, 1956
Henry Clarke, Contact print Dovima wearing Jacques Fath, 1956
Henry Clarke, Contact print Dovima wearing Jacques Fath, 1956
Henry Clarke, Dovima wearing Lanvin dress, 1955
Henry Clarke, Dovima wearing Lanvin dress, 1955
Henry Clarke, Dovima weaaring Madeleine de Rauch , 1956
Henry Clarke, Dovima weaaring Madeleine de Rauch , 1956
Richard Avedon, Christobal Balenciaga, Dovima in cloche – Cafe de Deux Magots, Paris 1955
Richard Avedon, Christobal Balenciaga, Dovima in cloche – Cafe de Deux Magots, Paris 1955
 Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Christian Dior, Cirque d Hiver, August 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Christian Dior, Cirque d Hiver, August 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima, 1950's
Richard Avedon, Dovima, 1950's
Horst P.Horst, Dovima wearing a dress by Larry Aldrich and diamond pin by Harry Winston, 1952
Horst P.Horst, Dovima wearing a dress by Larry Aldrich and diamond pin by Harry Winston, 1952
Clifford Coffin, Dovima, Vogue, 1950
Clifford Coffin, Dovima, Vogue, 1950
Richard Avedon, Dovima, evening dress by Jacques Fath, Paris,  August 1950
Richard Avedon, Dovima, evening dress by Jacques Fath, Paris, August 1950
 Henry Clarke, Dovima wearing Jacques Fath, 1956
Henry Clarke, Dovima wearing Jacques Fath, 1956
 Richard Avedon, Dovima, evening dress by Jacques Fath, Paris,  August 1950
Richard Avedon, Dovima, evening dress by Jacques Fath, Paris, August 1950
 Horst P.Horst, Dovima with fur NY, 1953
Horst P.Horst, Dovima with fur NY, 1953
Richard Avedon, Evening Gown vy Cristobal Balenciage, Harper's Bazaar, UK, 1950
Richard Avedon, Evening Gown vy Cristobal Balenciage, Harper's Bazaar, UK, 1950
Richard Rutleged, Dovima, 1950's
Richard Rutleged, Dovima, 1950's
Dovima wearing in a Jerry Gilden dress, Vogue, december 1954
Dovima wearing in a Jerry Gilden dress, Vogue, december 1954
 Edgar de Evia, Dovima in fur, 1950's
Edgar de Evia, Dovima in fur, 1950's
Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Christian Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, August 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Christian Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, August 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima dress by Claire McCardell, Egypt, January 1952
Richard Avedon, Dovima dress by Claire McCardell, Egypt, January 1952
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing a Leopard fur coat by Bernham-Stein, 1950
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing a Leopard fur coat by Bernham-Stein, 1950
Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper's Bazaar, 1950
Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper's Bazaar, 1950
Tony Frissell, Dovima wearing bikini, lying on platform near water, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Tony Frissell, Dovima wearing bikini, lying on platform near water, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Richard Avedon, Dovima in Cristobal Balenciaga, 1950's
Richard Avedon, Dovima in Cristobal Balenciaga, 1950's
Dovima, 1950's
Dovima, 1950's
Dovima, 1950's
Dovima, 1950's
Dovima, Maximillian, 1951
Dovima, Maximillian, 1951
Richard Avedon, Diana Vreeland, Dovima and Richard Avedon, 1950's
Richard Avedon, Diana Vreeland, Dovima and Richard Avedon, 1950's
Fred Astaire, Mel Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn and Dovima on the stage of Funny Face by Stanley Donen, 1957
Fred Astaire, Mel Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn and Dovima on the stage of Funny Face by Stanley Donen, 1957
Audrey Hepburn and Dovima on the stage of Funny Face by Stanley Donen, 1957
Audrey Hepburn and Dovima on the stage of Funny Face by Stanley Donen, 1957
Dovima on the stage of Funny Face by Stanley Donen, 1957
Dovima on the stage of Funny Face by Stanley Donen, 1957
Dovima on the stage of Funny Face by Stanley Donen, 1957
Dovima on the stage of Funny Face by Stanley Donen, 1957
Richard Avedon, Dovima dress by Claire McCardell, Egypt, January 1952
Richard Avedon, Dovima dress by Claire McCardell, Egypt, January 1952
Lillian Bassman, Dovima in New York, 1954
Lillian Bassman, Dovima in New York, 1954
Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper's Bazaar, 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper's Bazaar, 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper's Bazaar, december 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper's Bazaar, december 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper's Bazaar, 1950
Richard Avedon, Dovima, Harper's Bazaar, 1950
William Helburn, Dovima at the center of attention, 1960 © William Helburn/Corbis
William Helburn, Dovima at the center of attention, 1960 © William Helburn/Corbis
Horst P.Horst, Dovima wearing a wool suit by Ben Zuckerman , 1953 © Condé Nast Archive/CORBIS
Horst P.Horst, Dovima wearing a wool suit by Ben Zuckerman , 1953 © Condé Nast Archive/CORBIS
Cecil Beaton, Dovima wearing Chanel, 1950's
Cecil Beaton, Dovima wearing Chanel, 1950's
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing a hat by Cristobal Balenciaga, August 1953
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing a hat by Cristobal Balenciaga, August 1953
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing Christian Dior, August 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing Christian Dior, August 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing Jean Patou at Chez Yvonne, August 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing Jean Patou at Chez Yvonne, August 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing Hubet de Givenchy with Emiien Bouglione and clown at Cirque d'Hiver, August 1955
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing Hubet de Givenchy with Emiien Bouglione and clown at Cirque d'Hiver, August 1955
Cecil Beaton, Dovima, 1953
Cecil Beaton, Dovima, 1953
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing Cristobal Balenciaga, 1950
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing Cristobal Balenciaga, 1950
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing Cristobal Balenciaga, 1950
Richard Avedon, Dovima wearing Cristobal Balenciaga, 1950
Revlon advertising
Revlon advertising
Cartier advertising, Vogue, 1954
Cartier advertising, Vogue, 1954
Erwin Blumenfeld, Dovima, Vogue Cover 1953
Erwin Blumenfeld, Dovima, Vogue Cover 1953
Cecil Beaton, Dovima wearing Chanel, 1953
Cecil Beaton, Dovima wearing Chanel, 1953
Richard Avedon, dovima, cover Harper's Bazaar 1952 created by Alexey Brodovitch
Richard Avedon, dovima, cover Harper's Bazaar 1952 created by Alexey Brodovitch
Cecil Beaton, Dovima wearing Chanel, 1953
Cecil Beaton, Dovima wearing Chanel, 1953
Richard Avedon, dovima, cover Harper's Bazaar october 1955
Richard Avedon, dovima, cover Harper's Bazaar october 1955
Dovima, Harper's Bazaar cover, 1951
Dovima, Harper's Bazaar cover, 1951
Dovima, Harper's Bazaar, 1957
Dovima, Harper's Bazaar, 1957
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