Friday, July 5, 2013



Wilhelmina Cooper at 23, five years before launching her own New York model agency, Wilhelmina Models.

... as an accessory to make-up

Scarce was the fashion magazine of  the sixties that did not have Wilhelmina gracing the cover, or presenting the fashions inside. She was an original supermodel taking over the reigns from fifties stars, Jean Patchett, Dovima, Dorian Leigh and  Sunny Harnett  -  and leading the way for Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Penelope Tree, Carol Murray  and other stars of sixties fashion modelling. Her look was a bridge from the elegantly coiffed and stiffly posed sophisticate of the prior era in fashion photography, and the more relaxed and informal attitude that leapt from the fashion pages in the mid-sixties.

She appeared on 255 magazine covers, including a record 28 covers of American Vogue.  Below is Wilhelmina's first cover shot in 1960 by Roland de Vassal for the December issue of L'Officiel. It was also Wilhelmina's first location trip;  to Gardaja, Algeria. She poses in couture by Madame Gres.

Beauty Bulletin
Vogue Magazine 1962
Photography: Bert Stern

L'Officiel December 1960
Photography: Roland de Vassal

... all things femme fatale

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