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Published: 10 October 2020

By Andy Ross

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Joan Whelan

Joan Whelan, an American model, moved to Paris in 1952 and became the top model for Hubert de Givenchy. 

Joan models Manguin in 1953. 
Photo: Philippe Pottier for L'Officiel

After two years in the French capital, Joan moved to Rome, met and married Johnny Moncada, a photographer, and the two created an avant-garde photo studio. A new book for the library, Joan 1952 - 1967, is a collection of photographs from an era of classical elegance and exuberance. Inspiration for anyone looking for nostalgic references.

Note: The studio library is currently closed to the public but is usually available for in-house browsing.