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Dovima with the Elephants - evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Print made in 1981., photographed)

  • Date:

    August 1955 (photographed)
    1981 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Avedon, Richard, born 1923 - died 2004 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Copyright Richard Avedon, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 315, case R12, shelf L

Physical description


Place of Origin

Paris (Print made in 1981., photographed)


August 1955 (photographed)
1981 (printed)


Avedon, Richard, born 1923 - died 2004 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print


Height: 129.3 cm, Width: 103.3 cm

Object history note

Richard Avedon has transformed fashion photography and portraiture alike, creating an instantly identifiable aesthetic which has influenced countless others. His ‘signature’ large format studio portraits of politicians, writers and artists render the sitters "symbolic of themselves", as he put it. His use of stark white backgrounds and life-size printing places viewers in a new relationship to the photographic image - a physical and almost confrontational one. His ability to create visual tension and surprise through unexpected contrasts is unparalleled.

Descriptive line

Avedon, Richard. 'Dovima with Elephants - evening dress by Dior', Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955. Published in American Harper's Bazaar, September 1955.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Claire Wilcox, ed. The Golden Age of Couture. Paris and London 1947 - 1957 London:V&A Publications, 2007. 224p. ISBN: 9781851775200 (hbk); 9781851775217 (pbk).



Subjects depicted

Women; Elephant; Evening dress


Photographs; Fashion


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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