Model Jean Patchett reading a guide to the Museum of Modern Art. Photograph by Nina Leen, July 1949. Patchett wears a simple, although expensive, black dress set off by inexpensive white accessories, the gloves and belt. LIFE.
“A young American goddess in Paris couture” is how photographer Irving Penn described the haute couture model Patchett, one of the most influential models of the 1950s.