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November 25, 2019

50 Gorgeous Black and White Photos of Ivy Nicholson in the 1950s

Born 1933 in Queens, New York, American supermodel and actress Ivy Nicholson moved to Paris at the age of 16 and immediately became a fashion model.

Ivy Nicholson in the 1950s

Nicholson appeared on covers of Elle, Jardin des Modes and French Vogue throughout the early fifties and into the early sixties. During this period, she also lived and worked in London.

In those days there was not much in the way of work for older models, so when she turned 30, Ivy returned to the United States and sought out acting roles, eventually landing in Andy Warhol's Factory where she appeared in minor roles in a handful of Warhol films.

In 1970, Ivy moved again to Paris, where she painted and guided her children's careers.

These gorgeous black and white photos are part of her fashion work in the 1950s.

Ivy Nicholson in beige velvet short bolero over wool dress by Christian Dior, photo by Pottier, 1951

Ivy Nicholson in crimped lace cocktail dress with very full skirt, velvet bow at the neckline, by Jacques Fath, photo by Pottier, 1951

Ivy Nicholson in green jersey hat decorated with net and jeweled pin by Jane Blanchot, photo by Pottier, 1951

Ivy Nicholson in red felt cap tied with large red satin ribbon by Caroline Reboux, fur coat by Maurice, photo by Pottier, 1951

Ivy Nicholson in sable cap with a silver embroidered horn on each side by Gilbert Orcel, costume jewelry also by Gilbert Orcel, photo by Pottier, 1951

Ivy Nicholson in suit by Lanvin-Castillo, photo by Pottier, L'Officiel, 1951

Ivy Nicholson in tortoise shell lace dress in straight line and simple cut, the skirt falls in folds from the hip by Balenciaga, photo by Pottier, 1951

Ivy Nicholson in white ermine cap by Legroux, ermine muff by Maurice Kotler, photo by Georges Saad, 1951

Ivy Nicholson in white velvet skirt embroidered with beads worn with navy jersey top and stole, by Jean Dessès, photo by Pottier, 1951

Ivy Nicholson in wool suit by Jacques Griffe, photo by Philippe Pottier, L'Officiel, 1951

Ivy Nicholson is wearing small velvet cap embroidered with pearls and sheer voilette by Rose Valois, photo by Guy Arsac, 1951

Ivy in Givenchy's skirt and blouse with wide 3/4 sleeves and exaggerated cuffs, photo by Nat Farbman, February 1952

Ivy is wearing Givenchy's "Fichu Lampion" in black and tan paisley pleated like a Japanese lantern, photo by Nat Farbman, February 1952

Ivy is wearing Givenchy's big-sleeved coat of navy wool with new wrist-ruffle cuffs and Garbo-slouch hat, photo by Nat Farbman, Paris, February 1952

Ivy Nicholson in design by Pucci, photo by Regina Relang, Capri, 1952

Ivy Nicholson in fringed stole, photo by Georges Dambier, Italy, ELLE, June 16, 1952

Ivy Nicholson in intricately sculpted evening gown by Jacques Griffe, photo by Willy Maywald, Paris, 1952

Ivy Nicholson is wearing tricot top with skirt painted by Scarpitta Mirycae, photo by Georges Dambier, Ostia, Italy, ELLE, June 16, 1952

Ivy Nicholson with straw hats by Emilio Pucci on the isle of Capri, photo by Regina Relang, 1952

Ivy Nicholson in black velvet cocktail dress with low white organdy collar a la Rubens by Marc Bohan, ELLE, October 5, 1953

Ivy Nicholson in chiffon evening gown by Irene Galitzine, photo by Federico Garolla, Rome, 1953

Ivy Nicholson in evening gown by Jacques Griffe, photo by Regina Relang, Paris, 1953

Ivy Nicholson in slim gown by Maggy Rouff, photo by Henry Clarke, 1953

Ivy Nicholson is sporting the new "Italian Haircut" created by Marcel, photo Yale Joel, July 1953

Ivy Nicholson in a princess-line dress of tobacco jersey by Jacques Fath, photo by Georges Dambier, Nouveau Femina, March 1954

Ivy Nicholson in a wool jersey dress by Jacques Fath, photo by Georges Dambier, Musée de l'Orangerie, ELLE, March 29, 1954

Ivy Nicholson in Albouy's white melusine cap, with black velvet bow, netted veil and feather, photo by Henry Clarke, 1954

Ivy Nicholson in design by Emilio Pucci, Capri, 1954

Ivy Nicholson in floral print silk or taffeta dress copied from original design by Givenchy, photo by Henry Clarke, Vogue, April 1, 1954

Ivy Nicholson in grey flannel two-piece dress and straw hat by Pierre Clarence, photo by Georges Dambier, Nouveau Femina, March 1954

Ivy Nicholson in slim jersey dress and soft-brimmed hat by Jacques Fath at the Musèe de l'Orangerie, photo by Georges Dambier, ELLE, March 29, 1954

Ivy Nicholson in wool overcoat with sailor collar and satin beret by Christian Dior, photo by Georges Dambier, ELLE, March 1954

Ivy Nicholson, photo by Georges Dambier, 1954

Ivy Nicholson in Givenchy, photo by Henry Clarke, 1955

Ivy Nicholson in gorgeous wedding dress of ruffled mousseline, sheer bodice delicately embroidered with florets, and layered tulle train by Nina Ricci, photo by Louis Astre, 1955

Ivy Nicholson in late-day dress and short jacket of black and white faille designed by Paquin for Vogue Pattern 1299, photo by Karen Radkai, Paris, Vogue, June 1, 1955

Ivy Nicholson in pale blue linen dress and jacket by Patou for Vogue Pattern 1298, photo by Karen Radkai, Paris, Vogue, June 1, 1955

Ivy Nicholson in satin print suit and matching coat by Nina Ricci, photo by Louis Astre, 1955

Ivy Nicholson wearing a Jean Desses two-piece dress in chalk white shantung and silk, February 1955

Ivy Nicholson wearing Balenciaga double-breasted mandarin collar coat, photo by Henry Clarke, 1955

Ivy Nicholson in evening gown by unidentified Italian designer, photo by Tony Vaccaro, Appian Way, Rome, 1956

Ivy Nicholson in multi-colored floral print on black silk gauze dress with matching coat by Nina Ricci, photo by Louis Astre, 1956

Ivy Nicholson in narrow pants and sweater shown here standing in a gondola in front of Ca' d'Oro, Venice, photo by Henry Clarke, 1956

Ivy Nicholson in strapless lace party dress by Fernanda Gattinoni, photo by Federico Garolla, 1956

Ivy Nicholson wearing gold brocade sheath worn with a fur-lined evening coat, photo by Nina Leen, 1957

Ivy Nicholson in beautiful evening dress of stiff white cotton ottoman with great petals of skirt that curve up in front and down in back, photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Harper's Bazaar, March 1958

Ivy Nicholson in crystal clear green pleated nightgown of nylon tricot, topped with shoestring straps, by Eye-Ful, photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Vogue, November 15, 1958

Ivy wears traditional "English bobby" oilskin cape as a skirt, imported by David Seiniger of Empire Imports, photo by Peter Stackpole, 1958

Ivy Nicholson in evening coiffure by Carita, photo by Pottier, 1959

Ivy Nicholson photographed by Kenneth Heilbron, Paris, 1959




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