“If I die, it will be with my high heels on.”
Carmen Dell’Orefice’s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Dell’Orefice) enviable career started when she was 15 years old. Spotted while on her way to ballet class, her first modelling job turned out to be a cover for Vogue US. The following year, she sat for celebrated artist Salvador Dalí. From there, Carmen’s career continued to spiral upwards, modelling for some of the most prolific photographers of the 20th century such as Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, and Norman Parkinson.
In 1960, she was also photographed by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper’s Bazaar. This iconic image, titled “Carmen Las Meninas”, has been collected internationally. Carmen has modelled for a great number of leading brands, from Gaultier to Galliano. She also continues to front the campaign for luxury watchmaker, Rolex, whose advertising campaigns appear in magazines such as Vogue, W, and Harper’s Bazaar.
The world’s oldest working supermodel is still a runway regular too, and was last seen at New York Fashion Week 2013 at the age of 82.
When asked about how she feels about opening for Digital Fashion Week Singapore 2014, Carmen said, “I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting fashion event and collaborating with Singaporean designer Max Tan. In doing so, we have become ambassadors for our countries, cultures, and decades.”