Filed under: History | Tags: gabrielle von canal, helmut newton, irving penn, jean paul merzagora, richard avedon
A couple times per month we will be sitting down with models from decades past to look back on their modeling careers. With the help of Patty Sicular, of the Ford Models’ classic division, we will bring you the story of the models that made history with Ford Models. ‒ Ford Models Blog Editor
Model Gabrielle von Canal first met Eileen Ford in Paris in 1968 and the following year joined Ford Models in New York. The list of photographers with whom Gabrielle worked in her career is staggering. Amongst others they include Jean Paul Merzagora, Bill Silano, Alex Gotfryd, Helmut Newton, Neal Barr, Richard Avedon, Joel Baldwin, Richard Blinkoff, Hiro, Bob Krieger, Gideon Lewin, Gordon Munro, Irving Penn, Rico Puhlmann, Matthew Rolston, Bruce Laurence, Francesco Scavullo, Horst P. Horst, and Arthur Elgort.
Asked about some of the most interesting experiences in her modeling career Gabrielle mentioned traveling to Kathmandu for a shoot with Town & Country, being photographed by Helmut Newton in the Sahara, and all the photo shoots she did with Jean Paul Merzagora, whom she considers the greatest of photographers during the 1960s in Paris.
Gabrielle featured in many campaigns including Revlon, Oil of Olay, and Clairol as well as in editorials for Italian Harper’s Bazaar, Madame, Petra, Constanze, and Elle.
Today Gabrielle lives happily at lake Chapala, Mexico.
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