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Published: 10 October 2020

By Andy Ross

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.