Carmen dell'Orefice: Photographs of a Fashion Icon
Carmen dell'Orefice was discovered at the tender age of 13, on a bus in New York in 1944. Just three years later, she appeared on the cover of Vogue, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld—and save for a few false retirements from fashion, she has hardly stopped working since. Along the way, dell'Orefice posed for seemingly every photographer of note in the modern era of fashion photography. Tonight and tomorrow, Phillips is auctioning off works from her personal collection, including pictures of her taken by the likes of Beaton, Avedon, and Penn. Here are just a few of dell’Orifice’s favorites, along with her liner notes.
“Carmen: Photographs of a Fashion Icon” takes place tonight and tomorrow at Phillips auction house, 450 Park Avenue in New York.