Lisa Fonssagrives

Lisa Fonssagrives

Infobox model
bgcolour = silver
name = Lisa Fonssagrives

imagesize = 250px
birthname = Lisa Bernstone
birthdate = Birth date|1911|17|4
location = Gothenburg, Sweden
deathdate = Death date and age|1992|4|2|1911|17|4|mf=y
deathplace = New York
occupation = Supermodel
spouse = Fernand Fonssagrives
Irving Penn

Lisa Fonssagrives (May 17, 1911February 4, 1992), born Lisa Bernstone in Sweden, was a fashion model and the first supermodel.Rosemary Ranck, "The First Supermodel", "The New York Times" February 9, 1997 [ online] retrieved September 24, 2006]

Lisa Fonssagrives is credited as the first supermodel.Rosemary Ranck, "The First Supermodel", "The New York Times" February 9, 1997 [ online] retrieved September 24, 2006]

Her image appeared on the cover of many magazines during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s from "Town & Country", "Life" and the original "Vanity Fair". She moved from Sweden to Paris to train for balletAnne-Marie Schiro, " Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, 80, Artist Who Gave Up Career as a Model", "The New York Times" February 6, 1992 [ online] retrieved March 6, 2008] .Fonssagrives once described herself as a "good clothes hanger".

She worked with fashion photographers which included George Hoyningen-Huene, Man Ray, Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, George Platt Lynes, Richard Avedon, and Edgar de Evia. She married Parisian photographer Fernand Fonssagrives in 1935; they divorced. She later married photographer Irving Penn in 1950.

Lisa Fonssagrives died at the age of 80, survived by her second husband, Irving Penn and her two children, daughter, Mia Fonssagrives-Solow, a costume designer and her son, Tom Penn, a designer.



*Gross, Michael: "Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women", New York: W. Morrow, 1995, ISBN 0-688-12659-6
*Seidner, David (ed): "Lisa Fonssagrives: Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography", New York: Vendome Press, 1996, ISBN 0-86565-978-8

External links

* [ The Internet Fashion Database]

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