|Carmen with Norman Parkinson in 1959. This picture was taken by Bronson Hartley, who createted the diving helmets.|
|Carmen shot by Tim Petersen in 2010|
|Another recent Tim Petersen shot|
|Carmen with Horst P Horst 1947|
|Carmen in the early 1940s|
|From 1959, with under the bed crumples.|
|Carmen dell'Orefice, photgraphed by Cecil Beaton in 1946 (Image from flickr.com)|
Carmen values the individuality of Daphne Guinness, who she says has made herself into a 'walking object'. "Daphne knows herself and has uncompromisingly taken that all the way," she says. Carmen believes we should all adopt our own version of this attitude; she tells me that she is always refining herself and casting a critical eye.
I shall leave you with Carmen's mantras, which she told me as she squeezed my hand, a truly magic moment:
Her style tip: 'Always be eliminating elements of your look, but don't tell anybody what you've eliminated, so that you have a mystery'
Don't be a sheep; 'I don't admire Daphne Guinness as such, but I do value her point of view on herself'
Know yourself and be who you truly are.
Live for now. I'm excited about now, why would I look back?
.... Amen to that.
'Carmen: A Life in Fashion' is on at London College of Fashion on John Princes Street from November 16th until January 14th- best of all, it's free!
Unless otherwise indicated, all images are kind courtesy of London College of Fashion.