Between 1950 and 1960, Suzy Parker’s face appeared on the pages of more magazines than any other woman’s in the history of fashion photography. In that decade…
Richard Avedon, 'Suzy Parker and Daughter (Georgia Belle Florian Coco Chanel de la Salle)', 1960. Vintage gelatin silver studio work print 10-3/8 x 10-3/8 inches (26.3 x 26.3 cm) Annotation 'oh mother! I love you-' in ink recto by the artist; annotated '2' in red conte crayon verso. - by Heritage Auctions
THIS PHOTO of SUZY PARKER IS SO RARE, I have only seen it in one publication: a June 1958 edition of PARIS MATCH. It was published at the time of the St. Augustine, Florida train wreck that could have disfigured Suzy for life, but miraculously did not. Her father, George Lofton Parker, died in the crash. It was at this instant that, in Pitou's opinion, Suzy's life took a 180 degree turn. To learn more about her, click on the photo.
This tribute video made after his death, is a glimpse of the man who tells the story the unpublished book, "Beautiful Riddle, The Strange Case of Suzy Parker." Pierre de la Salle was married to the famous model for 10 years during the 1950's. Wonderful video, but I think the love of his life was his second wife Berenice, the woman who made this and was married to him for 40 years. It was a BIG love. Pitou, My Love - YouTube
As I slowly ease out of the mindset of war, and into the landscape of our wounded warriors, I've been seeking a world left behind --fashion, literature, poetry. "Beautiful Riddle, The Strange Case of Suzy Parker" has yet to be published, but I've been reading excerpts about the life of Pierre de la Salle and his 10 year marriage to icon Suzy Parker. His wife, Berenice de la Salle, dutifully wrote his recollections, capturing his voice. It is both engaging and unpretentious.