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Suzy Parker, Evening Dress by Dior, Paris Studio

1956, printed 1981
Richard Avedon (American, 1923–2004)


Sheet: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.) Framed: 77.8 x 67.9 x 5.1 cm (30 5/8 x 26 3/4 x 2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography



Starting in the late 1940s, Richard Avedon made innovative images of lively and glamorous models that revolutionized fashion photography. In 1956 he made this image of supermodel Suzy Parker in a Dior evening gown in a Paris studio. In making his print, the photographer chose to reveal the background set up and the large skylight in the image. The image was reputedly one of Avedon’s favorites; it was chosen by the artist’s estate to grace the cover of the posthumous publication “Woman in the Mirror: Richard Avedon” (2005).


From the artist; with Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Zurich; Private Collection, Switzerland; with Galerie Kicken Berlin; from whom purchased MFA, 27 June 2007.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund


Photograph Richard Avedon. Courtesy The Richard Avedon Foundation. Copyright © 1975 The Richard Avedon Foundation.