Thursday, June 23, 2011

Classic Blonde

Before the emergence of Doutzen Kroes, Lara Stone, Daphne Groeneveld et al, the Netherland's was duly represented by supermodel Karen Mulder. Mulder was discovered in 1985 at the age of fifteen year when a friend sent in pictures of her to the Elite Agency's reknowned Elite Model Look competition. Mulder placed second and was swiftly signed onto Elite's books. Standing at 180 cm with honey blonde tresses and classically beautiful features, Mulder quickly ascended the ranks of the modelling ladder working for high-profile clients like Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace and Calvin Klein. Mulder came to represent the epitome of the classic blonde however with a refined European elegance and sophistication that was missing amongst her American counterparts.

US Harpers Bazaar - March 1994
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier

US Vogue - March 1991
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier

US Vogue - Unknown
Photographer - Helmut Newton

US Harpers Bazaar - September 1994
Photographer - Wayne Maser

US Vogue - June 1991
Photographer - Marc Hispard

British Vogue - Unknown
Photographer - Mikael Jansson

US Vogue - April 1991
Photographer - Irving Penn

British Vogue - April 1991
Photographer - Peter Lindberg

Mulder became a regular fixture within the pages and on the covers of high fashion publications like British Vogue, Paris Vogue and American Vogue, and was photographed habitually by influential photographers of the day; Arthur Elgort, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindberg, Francesco Scavullo, Helmut Newton and Irving Penn. By 1991, Mulder had hit her stride professionally, landing multi-million dollar contracts with Guess, Calvin Klein and Chanel cosmetics. Mulder formed part of an exclusive group of supermodels during the nineties including Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer and Tatjana Patitz, appearing together on the cover of the 100th Anniversary issue of American Vogue shot by Patrick Demarchelier.

During the latter part of her career, Mulder capitalised on her wholesome good looks by appearing in the coveted Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and became a Victoria's Secret staple model. Mulder retreated from modelling in 2000 and has gone on record as saying that "From the beginning I hated being photographed. For me, it was just an assumed role, and in the end, I didn't really know who I was as a person. Everybody was saying to me, 'Hi, you're fantastic.' But inside, I felt worse from day to day." Mulder's life post-modelling has since been characterised by personal and emotional issues which have been widely documented in the international press.

Supermodels of the Nineties
US Vogue - April 1992
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier

Guess - 1991
Photographer - Ellen Von Unwerth

Calvin Klein - 1991
Photographer - Bruce Weber

British Vogue - July 1992
Photographer - Sante D'Orazio

US Vogue - July 1992
Photographer - 

French Elle - July 1992
Photographer - Unknown

British Vogue - April 1991
Photographer - Tyen

US Cosmopolitan - September 1991
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier

Italian Elle - August
Photographer - Unknown

US Vogue - July 1991
Photographer - Marc Hispard

Mademoiselle - February 1994
Photographer - Unknown

Glamour - July 1993
Photographer - Unknown

US Vogue - March 1992
Photographer - Marc Hispard

Cosmopolitan - June 1992
Photographer - Francesco Scavullo

British Vogue - March 1991
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier

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