Carmen : A Life in Fashion

Normally associated as being a hub of emerging fashion talent, the internationally-renowned London College of Fashion has adopted a rather different trend for winter; yesterday unveiling their celebratory homage to a timeless icon in the fashion industry.  
Carmen Dell’Orefice, for those who have been living under a fashion-repelling rock, is to the modelling industry, what couture is to Paris – completely necessary.  After making her Vogue debut in 1947, aged 15, Carmen’s elegance and regal beauty has since become a resounding icon of the fashion industry.

Vogue (October Issue) 1947

The exhibition, situated in the Fashion|Space|Gallery at London College of Fashion’s site on John Prince’s Street, showcased a beautiful collection that combined famous shoots – by the likes of Norman Parkinson and Gleb Derujinsky – with an intimate selection of photographs that offer visitors a glimpse into the private life of a legend.

Carmen, by Norman Parkinson, 1959 

On the books of some of the most respected modelling agencies in the world, going into her 80’s, Carmen’s career as a model is as successful as ever; continuing to epitomise the eternal glamour behind an ever-changing industry. 

Carmen: A Life in Fashion will be at the Fashion|Space|Gallery at the London College of Fashion site on John Prince’s Street, until 14th January 2012.
Abigail Gurney-Read