Then&Now: Inspired By Dorian Leigh

Just recently “fire and ice” fashion model Dorian Leigh died at the age of 91. She graced numerous magazine covers with her elegance during the late 40’s and 50’s. Although she didn’t set out to become a model, she was a natural.  She was very deliberate in how she composed herself for each shot- carefully positioning her body and hands into exquisite and purposeful ways. Photographers were always amazed at this. This one beautiful photograph of Dorian appears to have inspired a recent article on wedding dresses by Elegant Bride. Take a look-

Then- The cool elegance of Dorian Leigh from the cover of Vogue, 1946. Keep in mind the muted colors and her pose in this picture compared to those that follow.

Now- Doesn’t this look like a picture from Dorian’s portfolio? The lovely model is wearing the soft colors of a chiffon strapless gown by Anne Barge. ( Courture Spring 2008, #11) Straw hat in cream from Eric Javits.

Now- A pose Dorian would approve of! The dress is a white organza ribbon folded gown with sweetheart neckline at Palazzo. Added to it is blue satin sash from Carmela Sutera. White organdy hat by Helen Kaminski.

Now- White pleated silk organza halter gown with dropped waist from St. Pucchi.( Sposa #Z243) Chiffon scarf at Echo.

Now- White, nude and blush hand draped silk gown with pleated tulle skirt by J. Mendel.

Now- Dramatic white silk satin organza and tulle overlay withlight gray ribbon from Angel Sanchez.

For more about Dorian Leigh, read her out-of-print autobiography called “The Girl Who Had Everything.” I found her views of the modeling world and her own life to be very interesting.

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