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August 11, 2021

45 Fabulous Photos of Model Fiona Campbell-Walter in the 1950s

Born 1932 in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand-born British model Fiona Campbell-Walter was encouraged to model by her mother and, as a teenager, she was photographed by Henry Clarke. She joined the Lucie Clayton Charm Academy, a London-based modeling agency and finishing school. She signed as a model and was a favorite of the photographer Cecil Beaton.

Fiona Campbell-Walter in the 1950s

In the 1950s, Campbell-Walter was earning up to £ 2,000 a day. In January 1953, she was featured on the cover of Life magazine and was featured in Vogue. She was also photographed by John French, Elsbeth Juda, Norman Parkingson, and David Bailey and modeled for Christian Dior, Jacques Fath, and Elsa Schiaparelli.

Campbell-Walter was also known for her relationship with Greek shipping heir Alexander Onassis, whom she began an affair with after separating from her husband, Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva. Onassis had invited Campbell-Walter, 16 years his senior and his mother's friend, to a dinner party. The relationship reportedly ended after the intervention of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of young Fiona Campbell-Walter in the 1950s.

Fiona Campbell-Walter in fitted suit "Berne" from Ledux, Vogue UK, May 1951

Fiona Campbell-Walter wearing Dior's fishscale evening gown with black velvet bow accent, photo by Henry Clarke, 1951

Fiona Campbell-Walter, photo by Henry Clarke, 1951

Fiona Campbell-Walter, photo by John French, 1951

Fiona Campbell-Walter in baggy-topped taupe wool coat with deep beaver collar and saucer buttons that mark the diagonal fastening, hat, all by Worth, photo by Richard Dormer, Harper's Bazaar UK, September 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in beautiful evening gown "Rose de France" of pale pink chiffon with draped-under skirt by Jacques Griffe, photo by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, March 1, 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in cowrie-pink, silk satin gown embroidered with jeweled starfish by John Cavanagh, photo by Richard Dormer, Harper's Bazaar UK, September 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in Dior's 'Red Pepper' outfit of a fine silky woollen, photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Vogue, October 1, 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in double-breasted, half-belted, Shetland tweed suit by Country Life, yellow felt hat and basket shoulder-bag from Fortnum & Mason, photo by Richard Dormer at St. Michael's Mount, Harper's Bazaar UK, July 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in dreamy, yellow silk organza ball dress, leaves in black guipure lace sweeps down from strapless bodice by Herbert Sidon, photo by Richard Dormer, Harper's Bazaar UK, July 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in evening gown of green, shocking pink and black satin by Schiaparelli, photo by Skilford, 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in fashionable, pale, fleecy topcoat by Berg of Mayfair, string beret from The Princess Boutique, photo by Maurice Tabard, Harper's Bazaar UK, June 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in foliage-print satin sheath with black taffeta cummerbund and black taffeta fringed stole by Jacques Fath, Paris Vogue, May 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in luxurious gold Duchesse satin gown by Jacques Fath, photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Versailles, Paris Vogue, October 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in natural double dupion suit lined with spotted surah by Jacqmar, photo by Richard Dormer, Harper's Bazaar UK, July 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in navy taffeta evening dress draped with red taffeta overskirt held in back like a bustle, by Schiaparelli, photo by Henry Clarke, Vogue, March 15, 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in pale blue, lamb's wool sweater by Pringle tucked into tobacco corduroy shorts, photo by Richard Dormer, Harper's Bazaar UK, July 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in satin evening gown and beaded-embroidered jacket by Balenciaga, photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Vogue 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in shimmering peacock-blue velvet dress with enormous lampshade ruffle by Victor Stiebel, photo by Richard Dormer, Harper's Bazaar UK, October 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in strapless gold embroidered gown with velvet wrap from Dior's Profile Line, photo by Robert Randall, Vogue France, September 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in suit of ripple-tweed in violet flecked with black, black velvet faces the winged pockets and cuffs worn with small black velvet cap, all at Harrods, photo by Keith Ewart, Harper's Bazaar UK, August 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in tulle evening dress by Jacques Griffe, photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill, American Vogue, 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter is wearing Balenciaga's bare-topped evening dress of pale pink satin veiled with Chantilly lace, photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Paris Vogue, October 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter is wearing Jean Desses beautiful chiffon evening gown in these dramatic colors, photo by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, April 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter wearing a duchesse satin ball gown by Balenciaga, photo by by Frances McLaughlin-Gill at Versailles for Vogue, 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter wearing cowled robe gown in velvet by Balenciaga, photographed in the Chateau de Versailles in France, photo by Frances McLaughlin-Gill, November 1952

Fiona Campbell-Walter in black silk shantung bloused-look suit with wide-scooped neck filled with a white piqué yoke by Balenciaga, photo by Richard Dormer, Harper's Bazaar UK, March 1953

Fiona Campbell-Walter in chocolate wool suit with straight double-breasted jacket and full pleated skirt by Charles Creed, photo by Keith Ewart, Harper's Bazaar UK, February 1953

Fiona Campbell-Walter in gown by Hardy Amies, photo by Norman Parkinson, Vogue, March 1953

Fiona Campbell-Walter, photo by Georges Dambier for ELLE, Paris, 1953

Fiona Campbell-Walter, photo by John French, 1953

Fiona Campbell-Walter, photo by Milton Greene, England, 1953

Fiona Campbell-Walter draped in cashmere beach towel by Givenchy, Corsica, photo by Georges Dambier, Nouveau Femina, June 1954

Fiona Campbell-Walter in cotton pants and poplin shirt by Jacques Fath and scarf by Hèrmes, photo by Georges Dambier, Nouveau Femina, June 1954

Fiona Campbell-Walter in printed summer dress by Jamiqua, Corsica, photo by Georges Dambier, Nouveau Femina, June 1954

Fiona Campbell-Walter in skirt and ruffled blouse by Christian Dior, Corsica, photo by Georges Dambier, Nouveau Femina, June 1954

Fiona Campbell-Walter in summer dress by Lanvin-Castillo, Corsica, photo by Georges Dambier, Nouveau Femina, June 1954

Fiona Campbell-Walter is wearing white organdy dress by Givenchy, Corsica, photo by Georges Dambier, ELLE, August 9, 1954

Fiona Campbell-Walter wearing mink stole from Calman Links, photo by Cecil Beaton, Vogue, August 1954

Fiona Campbell-Walter in gray ribbed jersey wool dress with cowl neck by Phyllis Taylor, photo by Richard Dormer, Harper's Bazaar UK, January 1955

Fiona Campbell-Walter in straight fur cardigan of white Chinese kid banded in stone marten by Albert Hart, jewelry from Peter Jones, photo by Tom Kublin, Harper's Bazaar UK, January 1955

Fiona Campbell-Walter in white twill beach cover-up with black nit cuffs and collar worn with black corduroy shorts by Reel-Poise, photo by Henry Clarke in Palermo harbor, Sicily, Vogue, January 1955

Fiona Campbell-Walter is wearing a broad, enveloping stole of chinchilla by Calman-Links, photo by Tom Kublin, Harper's Bazaar UK, January 1955

Fiona Campbell-Walter, wife of Baron Heinrich Thyssen, at Villa Favorita, Italy, 1956

Fiona Campbell-Walter, photo by John French, circa 1950s




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