"We're all works of art in progress."
-Carmen Dell'orefice-

Carmen Dell'orefice: an American model and actress who is widely known as the oldest working fashion model as of the SS12 season. She was born in June 3, 1931, and has been photographed numerous times by the likes of Richard Avedon for fashion magazines like Harper's Bazaar in the fifties. 

Shot by Richard Avedon 
Wearing a satin Balmain dress, photographed by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, October 1957.
Carmen started her modeling career very early, gaining a Vogue feature at the age of 15, when her godfather introduced her to the magazine at the time. Despite her early beginning in the fashion scene, Carmen and her mother continued to struggle in terms of finances during her early teen years. She then appeared on the cover of Vogue at the age of 16, which marks history as one of the youngest covers of Vogue of all time (which occurred in 1947). 

Carmen continues to inspire women in the fashion scene until today, stating that she is a "working woman of 80 trying to work out what the image I can project is. How I can do it with, you know, dignity.".