July 28, 2015

Jean Patchett; a young American Goddess of Paris Couture

I came across Jean Patchett, American Model from 1948 - 1963, on designer Peter Som's Instagram. So thank you for that. Apparently, Ms. Patchett was one of the very first top models or super models, if you will. "Patchett was to Ford Modeling agency what Babe Ruth was to the Yankees, so said Jerry Ford of Ford Model." So I'm guessing she was huge in her time. Every great model has great photographers in front of her. The photographer who captured Ms. Patchett here in this fabulous pistachio green swim suit is Clifford Coffin although she was most associated with the legendary Irving Penn. Clifford Coffin is obviously less well known but considered one of the great "lost fashion photographers". There is a lovely book on his oeuvre on Amazon. No, I'm not plugging the evil empire, I prefer you buy this book at your local indie bookstore. It's just for perusing and getting the information when you do want to order it at your local indie bookstore.

If you want to read up more on Ms. Patchett, her life, her contribution to Fashion, check out this website dedicated to her and her legacy.

My reason for posting this is because I feel cooler and more elegant just looking at this picture, featured in Vogue US in 1953. Always look to the past for the future of fashion. It's called knowledge.


Jean Patchett was to Ford what Babe Ruth was to the Yankees.” Said agency owner Jerry Ford of Ford Models, who represented Jean in her heyday during the Fifties. - See more at: http://jeanpatchett.com/#sthash.2cxGWbmy.dpuf
Jean Patchett was to Ford what Babe Ruth was to the Yankees.” Said agency owner Jerry Ford of Ford Models, who represented Jean in her heyday during the Fifties - See more at: http://jeanpatchett.com/#sthash.2cxGWbmy.dpuf
Jean Patchett was to Ford what Babe Ruth was to the Yankees.” Said agency owner Jerry Ford of Ford Models, who represented Jean in her heyday during the Fifties - See more at: http://jeanpatchett.com/#sthash.2cxGWbmy.dpuf
Jean Patchett was to Ford what Babe Ruth was to the Yankees.” Said agency owner Jerry Ford of Ford Models, who represented Jean in her heyday during the Fifties - See more at: http://jeanpatchett.com/#sthash.2cxGWbmy.dpuf


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