Dovima - The quintessential swan was a Queens housewife until she was discovered outside a Manhattan Automat. Described by Avedon as the "last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties," she created the perfect fashion storm when she posed with elephants for him at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris in 1955. The resulting images have long been among the world's best-loved fashion photographs.

Dovima and the Elephants. Dior dress designed by a young YSL, 1955. Photo: Avedon. Taken at le Cirque d´Hiver.

Dovima - 1950 - Photo by Richard Avedon (American, 1923-2004) - Harper's Bazaar - @~ Mlle

This is Gregory Colbert a photographer. I saw this show when I as in NYC. These photos are uneditedand real. He swims with these animals. It was the most amazing art I havve ever came across in my life. Go to ashes and snow by Gregory Colbert and watch the video and check out how the photos were on display.. I seriously will never be as amazed by any other art.

Modern Goddess | Nadja Auermann photographed by Richard Avedon. #Versace V | cynthia reccord #60's - twiggy photographed by richard avedon for vogue (uk, i guess), august 1967.

Hello Mr. Elephant~♛

Dovima in Balenciaga - Richard Avedon.

“My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.” Photographer Richard Avedon

Dovima Harper’s Bazaar 1955 - photo by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon; "Dovima with elephants"; dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, August 1955

Photography. at its best. best. photgraphy. amazing. (I would have wiped down the glass and waited for the air bubbles to settle for a crisper feel.... but still beautiful!)

Richard Avedon 1944 - 2000 brought models to life, dispensing with the expected static poses the fashion world was more used to (pose) this is a cool ass pose!

1950's Fashion Model: Dovima | The Glamorous Housewife

Cate Blanchett ~ Harper’s Bazaar

Richard Avedon + Veruschka (at the top) and Twiggy (final shot). They don't make 'em like they used to...

Foto di Richard Avedon, 1956.

Reese Witherspoon by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US May 2011

Stephanie Seymour & Marcus Schenkenberg by Richard Avedon for Gianni Versace Vogue Italy, July, 1993

Richard Avedon