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History

Fashion models on the runway.
Early years
The modelling profession was first established in 1853 by Charles Frederick Worth, the “father of haute couture, when he asked his wife, Marie Vernet Worth, to model the clothes he designed.  The term “house model” was coined to described the type of work. Eventually, this became a common practice for Parisian fashion houses. There were no model measurement requirements and most designers would use women of varying sizes to demonstrate variety in their designs.
With the development of fashion photography, the modelling profession expanding to photo modelling. Models remained fairly anonymous and relatively poorly paid until the late 1950s, though often marrying well. One of the first well known models was Lisa Fonssagrives who was very popular in the 1930s.

 

Top Male Models, Fonssagrives appeared on over 200 Vogue covers and her name recognition led to the importance of Vogue in shaping the careers of fashion models. In 1946, Ford Models was established by Eileen and Gerard Ford in New York; it is one of the oldest model agencies in the world. One of the most prevalent models during the 1940s was Jinx Falkenburg who was paid $25 per hour, a large sum at the time. During the 1940s and 1950s, Wilhelmina Cooper, Jean Patchett, Dovima, Dorian Leigh, Suzy Parker, Evelyn Tripp, Carmen Dell’Orefice, and Lisa Fonssagrives dominated fashion.  Also Dorothea Church was among the first black models in the industry who gained notoriety in Paris. However, they were not known outside the fashion community. Compare to today’s models, the models of the 1950s were more voluptuous. Wilhelmina Cooper’s measurements were 38″-24″-36″ whereas Chanel Iman’s measurements are 32″-23″-33″.  It was also during the 1950s that pin-up models originated.

 

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