The Girl In The Poster

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Sibling of Daedalus writes:

I was struck by the Aran-sweatered beauty that graced the poster of [this week’s] Nialler9’s Gig of the Week (above) and, as part of my ongoing hunt for forgotten Irish beauties (male and female), did some research.

The model is an Irish-speaking girl from Rathfarnham [Dublin 14] called Orla Ni Shiochain who rose to fame in 1950s Paris as a house model for Nina Ricci. To wit:

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….the head designer for Ricci at the time was the very talented Jules Crahay who trained with Dior and was a key figure in transitioning fashion from the New Look to a more contemporary style. Orla was included in an interview with Life Magazine that Jules and his house models did in 1960.

Orla married a Frenchman, and died some years ago. The photograph shown on the poster (top) is one of a series taken in her parents’ back garden when she was home for Christmas 1962. You can see the full set on the Irish Photoshelter Archive here.

Sibling Of Daedalus

10 thoughts on “The Girl In The Poster

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Or the gowned ladies that cover loo-roll.

      Models in those days cared not for spray- tanning and were happy in their pale white skin.

    1. Neilo

      Dead right: a real beauty. That shot of Orla with the hounds and the Aran rollneck just kills me. I picture a snowball fight of brief duration, followed by a nip of cognac and a nice long lie-down in front of a roaring fire.

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