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We are delighted to be able to feature highlights from the Model Lives In Fashion Instagram account which posts significant Fashion Models published in leading magazines and is working towards a future dictionary of models. Starting in January 2021, the Terence Pepper Collection homepage featured a model each month and we have collated a selection of the past models who have been featured. Visit the Instagram page to learn more.

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January - March 2021 spotlight:

Nena von Schlebrügge (later Nena Thurman)

To celebrate Nena's birthday, in January the Model Lives in Fashion Instagram account looked more closely at the Swedish model's career. Nena was born on 8th January 1941 as Baroness Birgitte Caroline “Nena” Von Schlebrugge to a Swedish mother and German father in Mexico City. After the war the family returned to Sweden. Her potential as a future fashion model was spotted by Norman Parkinson who was working with Vogue on a special issue devoted to Scandinavia. Nena’s career as an international fashion model was launched in London in 1957 when she began working with Parkinson and Vogue. In March 1958 she arrived in New York aboard the Queen Mary and was quickly signed for representation by Eileen Ford, owner of the most famous modelling agency of the time.

Left image: This photograph was taken by Parkinson for a 1958 British Vogue feature titled 'Young Idea at the Brussels Fair.' Nena was photographed in front of the fountains outside the Russian and American Pavilions for the Brussels World Fair. The feature was targeted at a new, younger readership and mainly featured models aged 16-20. Nena was 17 at this time.

Right image: Nena (on the right) models a black a white leopard print cotton bikini. On the left Barbara Mendoza wears a white pique bikini. Photographed by Parkinson at the luxury hotel, Villa D’Este.

 

To find out more about models from history visit the Model Lives In Fashion Instagram account.

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April - June 2021 spotlight:

Ingrid Boulting

Ingrid Boulting was born in 1947 in Transvaal, South Africa and was brought up by grand-parents until she moved to England in the 1955 to be reunited with her mother, the model Enid Boulting, and step-father, the film director Roy Boulting. She trained as ballet dancer for ten years with the Royal Ballet and first appeared as a cover-star aged fifteen when she featured on the cover of 'Queen' magazine, 2nd October 1962. Ingrid appeared on covers of four issues of British 'Vogue' photographed by David Bailey (1968, 1971, 1972, 1974) and one cover by Norman Parkinson (1972.) She became the 'Face of Biba’ in the early 1970s. She also featured in film television roles from 1966 where she was often credited as Ingrid Brett; amongst her film-roles was a part opposite Robert De Niro in Elia Kazan’s last directed film The Last Tycoon (1976.)

Top image: Ingrid modelling Biba cosmetics, photographed by Sarah Moon for British Vogue, 15 March 1971​ ​

 

Bottom image: Vintage film publicity portrait (credited as Ingrid Brett)

To find out more about models from history visit the Model Lives In Fashion Instagram account.