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Dovima with Elephants by Richard Avedon, Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955

Dovima with Elephants by Richard Avedon, Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955

Dovima  The quintessential swan was a Queens housewife until she was discovered outside a Manhattan Automat. Described by Avedon as the "last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties," she created the perfect fashion storm when she posed with elephants for him at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris in 1955. The resulting images have long been among the world's best-loved fashion photographs.

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Dovima The quintessential swan was a Queens housewife until she was discovered outside a Manhattan Automat. Described by Avedon as the "last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties," she created the perfect fashion storm when she posed with elephants for him at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris in 1955. The resulting images have long been among the world's best-loved fashion photographs.

China Machado, 1958.  Photograph taken by Richard Avedon; China was a favourite model of his.

China Machado, 1958. Photograph taken by Richard Avedon; China was a favourite model of his.

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