polly mellen is interviewed this month by nicolas ghesquiere (!!!) in interview. she is one of the most iconic american fashion editors of all time, and worked under carmel snow and diana vreeland at harper's bazaar during the magazine's heyday as the most artistically-inclined of the glossies. she followed vreeland to vogue later, but she is most well known for her incredible working relationship with some of the greatest fashion photographers: from helmut newton and irving penn to stevens meisel and klein and especially with richard avedon.
the first three photographs above are of the most well known as styled by mellen. from top to bottom: lisa taylor, photographed by helmut newton; nastassja kinski, photographed by richard avedon; verushka, photographed by richard avedon. the last photograph is a famous party picture of mellen with perhaps the biggest supermodels of all whose careers she almost wholly responsible for launching: linda evangelista, naomi campbell, and christy turlington.
quite the life. read the interview