If you’re a lover of fashion, you might already be familiar with Jean Patchett’s Vogue iconic 1950 cover. The black and white image of her in the fishnet mask and stylish hat made Vogue history and cemented her spot as one of the most unforgettable models of fashion.
Patchett enjoyed a long and illustrious career that began in the 1940s. Her icy and “remote” appearance was a breakthrough in the fashion world, with models appearing more warm and friendly. Jean Patchett’s distinctive features and sophisticated aura set her apart, captivating the fashion industry and leading to collaborations with renowned photographers such as Irving Penn and Richard Avedon.
With over three hundred appearances on magazine covers, Kate Moss is one of the most legendary supermodels to ever put on an outfit. She was named one of “Time” magazine's most influential people. But Kate's life hasn't been the best, even with all of the success.
In the first few years of the new millennium, Moss had problems with substance abuse; she also became entangled in a scandal in 2005. Afterward, she lost a lot of her old contracts. She has managed to get clean thanks to Buddhist spiritualism. In 2014 the model came out with a fashion line as part of her collaboration with Topshop.
This gorgeous German native was sipping her coffee at a cafe in Berlin when she was discovered. Her career saw a lot of success, working with the top photographers in the biz, namely Helmut Newton and Peter Lindbergh. If you'd like a glimpse, just take a look at one of the over 100 magazine covers she appeared on.
In September 2020, the former model strutted her stuff in the Balenciaga Spring 2020 show, proving to the world that she hasn't lost it. Claudia Schiffer's timeless beauty and versatility made her a muse for renowned designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino.
Marie Helvin was 15 years old and on a trip to Japan with her mother when her life completely changed. The teen was signed on to Kanebo, a leading Japanese cosmetics line, subsequently becoming the face of the line. Her success in Japan led her to London, ultimately causing her to relocate and work for Yves Saint Laurent.
Brands like Versace and Valentino followed. During her work at Vogue, she met the legendary photographer David Bailey; they fell in love and wed in 1975 but divorced ten years later. Helvin retired during the 80s but has still maintained her spot in the public eye with appearances in British Vogue aweel as a judge on Britain's Next Top Model.
In the 60s, a time when intolerance was rife in America, Naomi Sims, an African American model, graced the 1967 edition of the New York Times fashion supplement. All of this was done completely without the help of agents, as she went directly to photographers. She was a true trailblazer.
When the now-famous modeling agency Wilhemina Models was in its infancy, Sims was one of the first to sign on. She also made history as the first black model to be on the cover of both Ladies Home and Journal Life. Tragically Sims passed away in 2009 after battling a long-term illness.