Dovima photographed with Elephants in the 1950s

Perhaps the most iconic image of 1950s fashion, this photograph by Richard Avedon features Dovima in a Dior gown designed by Yves Saint Laurent. Taken at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris in 1955, the image juxtaposes Dovima’s elegance with the raw power of circus elephants, creating a dramatic and unforgettable visual. This photograph not only showcased the sophistication of Dior’s designs but also set a new standard for fashion photography, influencing countless photographers and designers.

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