Carmen Dell’Orefice...if this is what being in your 80s looks like then I'm looking forward to it! The legendary model, who once declared to Vanity Fair, “If I die, it will be with my high heels on”, is set to walk at Digital Fashion Week Singapore 2014, where she will be modelling designs by local designer Max Tan. At 82 years old, this American grande dame of Italian and Hungarian descent has had an illustrious career that shows no signs of slowing down; she continues as the face of luxury watchmaker, Rolex, and walked at New York Fashion Week just last year.
Dell’Orefice was discovered on her way to ballet class at 15 years old and her first job was shooting the cover for Vogue. Where does a young model go from there? Sitting for Salvador Dalí and posing for Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, and Norman Parkinson. In 1960, she was photographed by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper’s Bazaar. This iconic image, titled “Carmen Las Meninas”, has been collected internationally.
When asked about how she feels about opening for Digital Fashion Week Singapore 2014, Dell’Orefice said, “I'm thrilled to be a part of this exciting fashion event and collaborating with Singaporean designer Max Tan. In doing so, we have become ambassadors for our countries, cultures, and decades."
Digital Fashion Week Singapore will be held from 31st October to 3rd November in collaboration with the British Council and British High Commission. It is supported by DesignSingapore Council and will take place at National Design Centre. The full line up for Digital Fashion Week Singapore will be announced shortly.
Here are some favourites of Carmen from her earlier days (is it just me or do these young photos look like Glenne Headley and Sinead O'Connor had a baby?):