I have always had a strong emotional reaction to the William Klein piece Smoke and Veil with Evelyn Tripp.
My names sake Evelyn has always been in my opinion the perfect American model of old. In an era long past where lead players Vogue and Harpers Bazaar with the era defining photography of William Klein, Norman Parkinson and Irwin Blumenfeld just to name a few changed fashion photography into not just an art form but a whole new aesthetic of modern America and Europe.
For me Evelyn Tripp is the perfect subject whilst not overly known at the time will always be a style influence in my heart.
She was the the daughter of a lead miner, Evelyn Tripp was born in 1927 on a small farm in Flat River, Mo. After being discovered at age 20 – a clerical worker, she was shopping at a Fifth Avenue department store when spotted by an assistant to Louise Dahl-Wolfe, the celebrated Harper’s Bazaar photographer – Ms. Tripp soon began to appear frequently on magazine covers.
Evelyn was widely considered to be among the most versatile of a small group of models that exemplified the post war American fashion industry’s emphasis on glamour. Her dramatic features – a high round forehead, prominent chin and broad cheekbones – were recorded by dozens of noted photographers, among them, Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, William Klein, Irwin Blumenfeld, Karen Radkai and Lillian Bassman.
She will always live long in the memory of a style now long gone.
Evelyn Tripp 1927 – 1995
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