American Goddess: Jean Patchett by Lilly, Robert & Lois

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ISBN 9781576879276 – POWERHOUSE BOOKS – RANDOM HOUSE US Hardback 196 pp – Oct 2019

Robert Lilly is a veteran journalist and co-author of William Helburn- Seventh and Madison on the prominent fashion and advertising photographer. Mr. Lilly has written and produced programs and documentaries for NBC News, CNN, Vice and VH1 (among others) and has filed stories from some dubious locations in Central America, the Balkans and the Middle East. He loves good wine, great food (especially if he’s cooking), loud music, art museums, unlimited time to read and scuba diving, so long as the ocean he’s jumping in is warm. Mr. Lilly is a native New Yorker who understands the essence of his city is change. He lives with his family on Long Island, NY.

Lois Allen Lilly is a voiceover artist and co-author of William Helburn- Seventh and Madison. A former reporter/producer for PBS’ award-winning Nightly Business Report, Allen Lilly started her career as a rock and roll DJ in Florida and has worked as a radio stringer in the Middle East, an artist’s representative in New York and is a member of New York Women in Film and Television. She loves great food and wine (preferably organic) and the folky/hard rock/punkband The Womps. Born in Brooklyn, she grew up in Florida and lives with her family on Long Island, NY.

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Jean Patchett was both model and muse, a famous face from New York’s vibrant mid-century popular culture and the most successful fashion model of her time.

A small-town girl from rural Maryland, Patchett had no firm ambitions until a friend suggested she drop out of college and go to New York and become a model. Within a year Jean had left school, met model agent Eileen Ford and begun a career that would last an incredible 14 years.

”A young American goddess in Paris couture,” was Irving Penn’s epitaph for Jean, whom he photographed for Vogue as well as in the nude, for a series he later called “the major artistic experience of my life.” Rumors the two had a love affair have never been confirmed, but their relationship sustained a remarkable collaboration which saw Patchett act a series of silent roles for the photographer-auteur.

Letters from Patchett to her family show a young woman in love with her life and eager to share the thrills and struggle of her career. Quotes from photographers including Cecil Beaton, John Rawlings, William Helburn, Jerry Schatzberg and Francesco Scavullo reflect their admiration for her technical skills as a model as well as her unique beauty. A work diary from 1951 allows us to see how–and with whom–she worked with from day to day.

Jean Patchett- An American Beauty will define Patchett’s career in a biographical essay and explore its scope in 120 editorial and advertising images from Vogue, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar–some iconic, some personal and some that have never been seen before. It’s a unique look at a model who was much more than a mannequin, and a rare collection of some extraordinary fashion images that explore her unique appeal.