Irving Penn’s picture of American fashion model Jean Patchett, was the first Black & White specifically commissioned for the April 1950 Vogue Magazine article “The Black and White Idea,”to replace the color illustrations Vogue had used on its covers since 1909. To help get the ultra- high-contrasts Penn wanted, Patchett used black lipstick, improvised from mascara. The results were stunning, creating an image that became part of fashion and photographic art history. Jean Patchett was one of the leading fashion models of the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. She was among the best known models of that glamorous era, which included Dovima, Dorian Leigh, and Lisa Fonssagrives. Patchett’s distinct features helped define the face of fashion for over a decade. She was the subject of two of Vogue Magazine’s most famous covers, both shot in 1950 by Erwin Blumenfeld and Irving Penn. In addition to appearing on over 40 magazine covers, Patchett modeled for brands including Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Revlon.
Limited Edition Silver Gelatin Print, Signed and Numbered by Irving Penn