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Richard Avedon - A fashion and celebrity photographer for the most part, Avedon's work is always striking. Love this image of Dovima wearing an early Yves Saint Laurent evening dress for Dior from 1955. Avedon's action shots are always amazing especially his superb ads for Versace during the Supermodel decade.

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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.

Dovima with Elephants 1955

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Richard Avedon | Homage to Munkacsi, Carmen, coat by Cardin, Place Francois-Premier, Paris, August 1957

Dovima with elephants. Richard Avedon. - i learned in photography class that this was his least favorite picture he ever took but now it it one of his most famous

Ghislaine Arsac in (YSL) Dior's iconic black velvet sheath with white satin sash made famous in Avedon's photo of 'Dovima with the elephants', photo by Guy Arsac, 1955

Dovima and the elephants, 1955. Photo by Richard Avedon.