Writer, Former Iconic Cover-girl and Haute Couture Mannequin, Actress, Fashion Archivist, Modeling Agent
Linda Morand is an American writer, former Iconic cover-girl and haute couture mannequin prominent in the fashion world during the 1960s in New York, discovered by Eileen Ford, while studying art in NYC. Known as ‘Super Chick’, appearing on the fashion scene at the same time as Twiggy, and the British Invasion, she was and noted participating in futuristic fashion layouts and James Bond type spy take-offs. In the Mod era, she appeared in national ads, magazine covers editorial pages and TV commercials. Some of these photos are considered iconic today and currently hang in museums and art galleries.
It was often pointed out that there was a very strong resemblance to the former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In 1966 Vidal Sassoon created Linda Morand’s signature style, a closely cropped asymmetric cut. She became a favorite of Mademoiselle magazine’s editors and photographers and designers. Her favorite designer was Betsey Johnson, whose clothes she wore for many fashion layouts until she got the call to Paris, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
In late 1966 Morand was contracted by Paris Planning, to walk the runways and appear in the fashion pages of the European fashion magazines, such as Elle, Vogue, and Bazaar. Her modeling career took her on assignments throughout the fashion capitals of Europe, including Paris, Milan, and Rome in the Sixties, and Munich, Zurich and Barcelona on extended assignments. She was muse to Pierre Cardin, who made several creations on her and booked her to walk the runway and appear in fashion photos. Her modeling bookings included walking the catwalks of the major European haute couture designers including Jean Patou, Karl Lagerfeld, Emanuel Ungaro, Paco Rabanne and Louis Feraud in special Press Shows. She walked for Valentino in Rome as a featured model because her statuesque brunette elegance was so reminiscent of the world renowned Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
At the same time Linda met and later married Philippe Viscount Forquet de Dorne and retired from modeling in 1969. She appeared in a few small parts in movies. It was her 1974 shoot with photographer Helmut Newton for French Vogue that may be the defining moment. For the shoot she was made up to look exactly like the former First Lady. The pictures led to many more assignments throughout Europe, including many for German and Swiss catalogs. She became a favorite of renowned fashion photographers. Hans Feurer photographed her for several layouts in l’Officielle, Italian Vogue, Marie Claire, Mode International and Italian Bazaar.
After retiring from professional modeling to raise a family of four children, Morand stayed marginally active in the modeling industry as the owner of a small exclusive modeling school in the Eighties, a national photography studio and appearing from time to time in special bookings. Currently, she is a journalist, beauty expert and maintains a non–profit website with the pictures and biographies of over 500 top models of the Sixties. She has signed on to “The Supermodels Hall of Fame” as co-executive producer and is in production for several documentaries on the fashion and modeling industry. She is very interested in mentoring young people, helping those with addictions to recover and in helping abused animals.