“The greatest fashion model

I ever photographed was

Marion Morehouse.

She was

no more interested

in fashion

than I was.


when she put on

the clothes

that were

to be photographed,

she transformed herself

to a woman

who really would wear …

that gown.”


~Edward Steichen


The beautifully chic wide-eyed and black haired Marion Morehouse, who was later to marry famed poet, e.e. cummings and become a photographer herself, captivated the fashion world in the 1920’s with her angular frame and saucy attitude. Not only did she embody the times, that of the jazz age, the flapper and an emboldened independence, but complimented and enhanced the sleek modernist compositions of the incomparable Edward Steichen.

Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse (aka Mrs. e. e. Cummings), Louiseboulanger dress, 1926


Morehouse modeling a white fur trimmed wrap, Steichen, Vogue, 1929
Morehouse wearing a dress by Chéruit; jewelry by Black, Starr and Frost, Steichen, 1928.
Morehouse, back view, wearing a moire gown designed by Louiseboulanger, Steichen, 1926.




~ by eaesthete on 04/29/10.

4 Responses to “Overheard”

  1. stunning photos!!!

  2. Oh to be so beautifully captured in an elegant gown and to have the figure to pull it off!

  3. so beautiful!

  4. i love your photos!

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