During the upcoming Fashion Week in Milan Galleria Carla Sozzani will display more than a hundred images of French postwar model Simone Micheline Bodin, also known as Bettina (a name given to her by Jacques Fath)
The model, who played an important role in the postwar fashion boom of early 50s, Simone was declared the most photographed woman in France. Her name become “almost synonymous with the golden age of couture” as she has worked with Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and served as the muse for Hubert de Givenchy. Not only she inspired, but also helped the designer with his debut collection in 1952. Givenchy named the collection after her – and one of the shirts that Bettina wore for Elle shoot would later become known as the iconic Bettina blouse.
The exhibition, which will be held from September 16 to November 2, includes more than 100 images signed by legendary photographers such as Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Henry Clarke, Erwin Blumenfeld, and Irving Penn. It is a real homage to the past century’s fashion icon who inspired all great couturiers.