“American Goddess Jean Patchett” book to be released December 17, 2019

We are thrilled to announce “American Goddess Jean Patchett” will come available in December 17 2019, with book signing to follow in New York Boston and LA. The book about fashion model icon Jean Patchett is the dream of her daughter Amy Auer and cousin Daniel C. Patchett. The book explores Jean Patchett’s fashion career is written and produced by Robert Lilly and Lois Allen Lilly and is published by powerHouse Books. The essay and 150 iconic images chronicle Jean’s legendary modeling career that ran for 15 years starting in 1948 with Eileen Ford of Ford Modeling Agency and continues to the beginning of the 1960s. Jean was America’s number 1 model for 7 years and she is best known for the hallmark beauty spot a “mole” next to her right eye. Jean helped define the era of Haute Couture and was seen on the covers and inside glossy fashion magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Glamour, ELLE to name a few. The top photographers of Mid Century fashion sought Jean for their muse. However, best known of over 40 photographers who photographed Jean is Irving Penn. None greater than Irving Penn’s photographic collaborations with Jean Patchett for Vogue. Jean’s photographs by Penn are legendary, and important contributors to the world of fashion, art, and photography, becoming a history of the 1950s Haute Couture. Irving Penn said: Jean was “a young American Goddess of Paris Couture”.

Here is a link to Amazon’s page for “American Goddess Jean Patchett” book where you may “Pre-Order” prior to October 2019.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art on ‘Photography Manipulation’ Jean by Erwin Blumenfeld

A new exhibition mounted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art focuses on ‘Photography Manipulation’ before photo shop. Included is Erwin Blumenfeld’s iconic photo of Jean Patchett’s immaculate eye and mouth. Shows the process from the minimal image to final enhanced image as shown on the Vogue cover.

Image was on a 1950 Vogue cover, and has been used recently for a Chanel promotion. This image created by Erwin Blumenfeld is one of the all time Iconic Vogue covers.

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Jean Patchett Vogue Model – An American in Paris “Couture” 1950s

Jean Patchett Vogue Model – An American In Paris “Couture” – Photography 1948 thru 1958 Jean was “a young American Goddess of Paris

Jean was “a young American Goddess of Paris Couture”. Quote: Irving Penn, Vogue Photographer

Photographers: Norman Parkinson, Irving Penn, Erwin Blumenfeld, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Clifford Coffin, Nina Leen, and John Rawlings


Eileen Ford founder of Ford Models talks about Jean Patchett & Six Decades of Defining Beauty

Wonderful documentary about Eileen Ford of The Ford Models. Eileen Ford talks about Jean Patchett as the Ford Agency’s first big model.  http://youtu.be/CXLvLjb6qgQ

Eileen Ford: Six Decades of Defining Beauty: Documentary
Documentary about fashion icon Eileen Ford, narrated by voiceover talent Donna Reed

“THE BIG THREE” – Dovima, Suzy Parker & Jean Patchett


“THE BIG THREE” Dovima, Suzy Parker & Jean Patchett Iconic Vogue Models



Jean Patchett – “THAT FACE!” – YouTube Video


Jean Patchett : That Face!” Sung by Frank Sinatra Jr.

Jean Patchett Interview

Edward R. Murrow Person to Person
Jan 28,1955

Jean Patchett was featured on CBS Television on Edward R. Murrow’s show Person to Person on January 28, 1955.

In Mr. Murrow’s introduction he said: “Jean Patchett has been the most sought after model for nearly seven years now.” Murrow, an Emmy Award winning journalist whose show was in its 2nd season, interviewed Jean in episode 22. Jean and husband Louis Auer V were broadcast live from their home in the relaxed style of Mr. Murrow’s TV journalism. The innately curious public got a firsthand peek inside the home and could hear and see Jean personally during conversations with Mr. Murrow. The discussions were opened by Edward R. Murrow from his wingback chair in the studio, while several television cameras at different locations allowed Jean and Louis to answer questions, and have conversations from various rooms in their home. When Edward R. Murrow asked Jean what color her eyes were? Jean replied: “Oh don’t you know?” “Why they’re brown; you’ll have to come in a little closer.” The camera moved in close to Jean’s face and focused on her eyes. Jean also spoke about the “Doe Eye” craze and what high fashion was and why models posed with serious expressions on their faces. She laughed and relaxed more for the camera as she then took a tour to show a display of her Vogue Covers. She also demonstrated for the camera how she applied make-up to her eyes and eye brow.

The 15 minute program with Jean Patchett was during the 6 year run of Mr. Murrow’s Person to Person.

New CHANEL Ad 2012

2012 CHANEL Ad using Jean Patchett 1950 Cover


Published on Aug 22, 2012 by CHANEL

A tribute to Erwin Blumenfeld by Solve Sundsbo starring CHANEL Rouge Allure.
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