1948 — Model Lisa Fonsagrives wears a strapless gray evening gown. — Image by © Genevieve Naylor/Corbis

1940s Fashion Photography

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Photographers and their muses: Lisa Fonssagrives and Irving Penn. Vogue played Cupid to this most respected of lensmen and the top-earning cover girl of her time. They met when Irving Penn shot "12 Beauties" for the magazine in 1947. "I loved her when I first set eyes on her," the besotted Penn would later say. Photos by Irving Penn. Left - Vogue, May 1, 1950. Right - Vogue, January 1, 1952.

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Lisa Fonssagrives. Photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill. Vogue, October 15, 1951.

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Lisa Fonssagrives. Photo by Irving Penn. Vogue.

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Lisa Fonssagrives. Born in Uddevalla, Sweden. Vogue covers: 11. A lithe blonde with a pert, angled nose, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn trained as a ballerina and easily transitioned to modeling. Between 1940 and 1952, she appeared on the cover of Vogue 11 times; several of those pictures were taken by Irving Penn, her second husband, whom she met on set for the magazine. In 1949 Time dubbed Fonssagrives-Penn the most successful model of her generation, fashion’s “billion-dollar baby." Photo by ...

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Lisa Fonssagrives in Marrakech. Photo by Irving Penn. Vogue, January 1, 1952.

Lessons in Style From Fashion’s First Supermodel, Lisa Fonssagrives

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Lisa Fonssagrives. Photo by Irving Penn.

Lessons in Style From Fashion’s First Supermodel, Lisa Fonssagrives

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Lisa Fonssagrives. Photo by Irving Penn. Vogue.

Lessons in Style From Fashion’s First Supermodel, Lisa Fonssagrives

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Lisa Fonssagrives. Photo by John Rawlings. Vogue.

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Lisa Fonssagrives in "Lisa with Turban, 1940." Photo by Horst P. Horst. Vogue, 1940.

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Lisa Fonssagrives. Photo by Horst P. Horst.

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Lisa Fonssagrives. Photo by Horst P. Horst.

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Irving Penn, Lisa Fonssagrives wearing coat by Balenciaga, Vogue, 1950

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Lisa Fonssagrives posing with sculpture. Photographed at Helena Rubenstein’s apartment for Harper’s Bazaar by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1945.

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Lisa Fonssagrives. Photo by Louise Dahl Wolfe. Harper’s Bazaar, 1955,

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Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn. Photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill. Vogue, February 1949.

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Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn. Vogue, April 1952.

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Lisa Fonssagrives (Penn). Photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Huntington, Long Island, 1951.

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Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn in a suit by Anna Miller. Photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill. Vogue, January 1951.

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Lisa Fonssagrieves Penn wearing a reversible solid navy/blue-and-white check shortcoat, fitted dark dress, and pseudo-pearl bib necklace. Photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill, 1950.

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Lisa Fonssagrives (Mrs. Irving Penn) wearing jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels. Photo by Clifford Coffin. Vogue, October 15, 1951.

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Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn wearing Jacques Fath

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Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn. British Vogue, October 1951. Photo by Irving Penn.

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Lisa Fonssagrives (Hands). Photo by Horst P. Horst, 1941.

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