It’s not everyday one turns 80 and can still call themselves a supermodel- but then again not everyone is Carmen Dell’Orefice who began her career for US Vogue at the age of 14 in 1945 at $7.95 an hour.
Carmen has served as a muse to Salvador Dali, been on the cover of Vogue 6 times, landed 14 cosmetic campaigns and has worked with photographer greats that include Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Cecil Beaton.
That of course also includes her recent modeling trysts for Alberta Ferretti, Adrienne Vittadini, and runway romps for John Galliano in 2000, Hermès in 2004, and Alberta Ferreti this year.
Which is to say Carmen is a rare legend, a pioneer who still holds the viewer in marvel. Blessed with impeccable features and a striking languid countenance, Ms Dell’Orefice proves that so often what compels the viewer isn’t necessarily the subject’s beauty – but their poise, their presence and volition of being. Hopefully the industry will be inspired by Carmen’s lead and continue to work with men and women who champion a type of disposition that a 17 year old could never reflect even if you paid them $70 000 an hour.
Enjoy the pictures.