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December 21, 2020

Jean Patchett Escaping the Heat on the Fire Escape of Eileen Ford’s Agency, New York City, July 1948

Pictured here is model Jean Patchett sitting on the fire escape of the Ford Modeling agency on Second Avenue in New York City. The photographs were taken by LIFE photographer Nina Leen in July 1948.

Jean Patchett (1926 – 2002) was a leading fashion model of the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. She was among the best known models of that era, which included Dovima, Dorian Leigh, Suzy Parker, Evelyn Tripp and Lisa Fonssagrives.

She was famous for being one of the first high-fashion models to appear remote; previously, models had appeared warm and friendly. During her career, she appeared on over 40 magazine covers. Patchett modeled for brands including Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Revlon.

(Photos by Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)


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