Irving Penn (1917-2009) COCOA DRESS (BALENCIAGA)

Irving Penn (1917-2009)
Platinum-palladium print depicting the fashion model Lisa Fonssagrives wearing a Balenciaga cocoa dress, flush mounted to aluminium, signed, titled, dated and numbered 12 of an edition of 50 in pencil to the reverse, dated 1950 and printed in 1970
49.5 x 49.2cm

Provenance: Sotheby's New York, lot 211, 30 September 2014;
with Hamilton Gallery.

Following the Second World War, developments in commercial printing enabled fashion publications to replace illustrations with photographs, resulting in a demand for beautiful, photogenic women to represent the fashion houses.

By the end of the 1940s, Lisa Fonssagrives, a Swedish-born model based in New York, was one of the most coveted models in the industry, displaying an aristocratic elegance favoured by both designers and photographers. Her subsequent marriage to Irving Penn, one of the most popular photographers at the time, led to some of the most iconic images in the history of fashion photography.

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Sold for £25,000

Condition report
These numbers refer to the condition report images:

1. Mounted with aluminium top. Appears to have water damage at top which has resulted in 'bleed' from colour of metal on to 1cm of top of photograph.

2. 30cm line to right margin of print - appears to be residue from adhesive.

3. Left margin has wiggly marks running full length - looks like residue from adhesive.

4. This is most evident in lower left corner, where surface feels uneven.

5. A few light marks to lower edge; may just be dirt. Two dots to margin.

No obvious damage to image itself.


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