Edgar de Evia

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Edgar de Evia : biography

July 30, 1910 – February 10, 2003

Models photographed

Often using the ornate backgrounds of the historic Rhinelander Mansion in New York—much of which he leased in the 1950s and 1960s, used as his residence, and often rented out portions of as studios and offices—de Evia was hired, through his agent, David Chimay, to photograph some of the fashion world’s top models in assignments for fashion magazines and commercial advertising.According to former art director Marty Stevens, as quoted in the The models included:

  • Lisa Fonssagrives (photograph posted in Wikimedia Commons)
  • Dovima (photograph posted in Wikimedia Commons)
  • Sunny Harnett (photograph posted in Wikimedia Commons
  • Wilhelmina (photograph posted in Wikimedia Commons)

Personalities photographed

De Evia also produced commissioned photographic portraits of individuals well known in the social, film, music, and theatre worlds, including the following:

  • Ethel Fogg (Mrs. William Brooks Clift), mother of Montgomery CliftEdgar de Evia Archives, New York City, New York. Scholars who wish to access this archive for research purposes can contact the executor of de Evia’s estate through the email address listed at deevia.com.
  • Erik Rhodes, American film and Broadway singer and actor
  • Nordstrom Sisters, American sister act, international cabaret singersEdgar de Evia Archives, New York City, New York
  • Roman Totenberg, Polish-American violinistDe Evia’s photographic portrait of Totenberg is featured in the article "Among the Week’s Recitalists", The New York Times, 28 March 1948, p. X7. He is the father of National Public Radio legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.
  • Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer1978 photograph featured in the article "New York Look – Saturday in the Park with Ralph" by Jada Yuan & Amy Odell, New York, 26 November 2007 . Retrieved 31 December 2007.

Editorial photography

The citations given are only a fraction of de Evia’s known published work.According to records held by the Condé Nast Publications Library, in 1984 alone, de Evia had 193 photographs published in House & Garden, primarily of interiors of houses owned by individuals such as Helen Hayes and Gloria Vanderbilt. The Condé Nast Publication Library is an archive facility which holds, among other things, thousands of typewritten 3 x 5 cards which serve as an early index to all photographers and writers (as well as subjects and celebrities) whose work was published in any and all Condé Nast magazines from the early 1900s until the 1990s, when all such material was put on computer. In the case of photographers, for instance, the cards list in which issue and on which page number an image (or images) by that particular photographer appeared on. According to these index cards, more than 1,000 photographs by de Evia were published in Condé Nast magazines, on subjects ranging from fashion to food to interiors. These were printed in Vogue, Architectural Digest, and other magazines, from the 1950s until the 1990s.

  • Applied Photography: 5 expressions on a new film #12, 1959; Studies in Tone Gradation—the hallmark of excellence #60, 1975
  • Town & CountryConfirmed via holdings of Town & Country at the New York Public Library, Research Division, New York City, New York
  • VogueCondé Nast Publications Library, New York City, New York August 1940 (front cover)
  • Vogue Paris: October 1985 – #660; April 1986 – #665; May 1986 – #666,
  • Architectural Digest January 2000"Vincent Fourcade – Celebrating the pleasures of magnificent excess", by Mitchell Owens, Architectural Digest, January 2000, v. 57 #1, p. 169 – one of twenty five persons named by the magazine "Interior Design Legends".
  • Glamour: November 1979; December 1980; January 1983; February 1983; February 1984; May 1984; August 1984; November 1984; December 1984; January 1985; March 1985; June 1985; July 1986; October 1986; November 1986; December 1986; January 1987; February 1987; March 1987; June 1987
  • Bride’s: June/July 1985 December 1985/January 1986
  • Good Housekeeping November 1954. Retrieved August 28, 2006.
  • Art and Antiques Magazine: January 1985; May 1985 (home of Theodore Roosevelt)
  • House Beautiful: May 1978; February 1987; September 1987; November 1987; December 1987; January 1988; February 1988; September 1988; October 1988; March 1989; June 1989; July 1989 (cover); April 1990; v.133 1991 (Jan–Jun)
  • House & Garden: August 1977; June 1981; February 1982; March 1982; September 1982; December 1982; January 1983 (home of Jean Vanderbilt); December 1983 (home of Dolly and F. Burrall Hoffman in Florida) ; January 1984 (home of Mercedes and Francis L. Kellogg); February 1984 (home of Gloria Vanderbilt); July 1984 (home of Janet Lee Bouvier Auchincloss Morris); October 1984 including cover (home of Ralph Lauren); December 1984 (home of Helen Hayes; March 1985; September 1985; (home of Suzie Frankfurt); November 1985; March 1986 (home of Mr. & Mrs. David T. Johnston); April 1986 (home of Boaz Mazor); August 1986; March 1987 (home of Mrs. F. Burrall Hoffman); June 1990; March 1991 (home of Robert Denning and Vincent Fourcade); March 1991 (home of Lord and Lady Wedgwood)
  • Life: October 8, 1951; June 9, 1952; November 17, 1952; April 6, 1953; July 20, 1953; September 21, 1953
  • Home: February 1989
  • Maison & Jardin: April 1983; December/January 1986 – #319
  • Vogue Decoration: September 1985 – #3; September 1986 – #7; September 1987 – #11; October/November 1989 – #22; October/November 1990 – #28
  • Look, Shaggy Lamb Fashion, 21 January 1969Seven photographic sheets from de Evia’s shoot for this article are in the Look Magazine Photograph Collection, which is held at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., call number LOOK – Job 68-3978. Information about these images, which were taken on 14 November 1968, can be accessed at the . Retrieved 28 August 2006.
  • The New York Times Magazine, Home Design Special, 9 September 1979; 8 May 1983; 14 April 1985; "Design; As the Room Turns" by Carol Vogel, 31 January 1988
  • McCall’s: February, September, November 1951; March, July, November 1952 (all covers); February 1958
  • Ladies’ Home Journal: October 1984; May 1985
  • New York Magazine, December 19, 1988 Feature article on de Evia and his apartment: April 10, 1989 (home of Paul Silverman); September 25, 1989 (home of John Hutton)
  • After Dark: Pastorale: A Photo Essay pp. 60–65, August 1975
  • Art Direction, v.12 1960–61 (Dec–Mar)
  • Photography: February 1952 (cover)
  • Popular Photography: v.60 1967 Jan–Jun
  • Women’s Wear Daily: September 25, 1981 (section cover)
  • W: Summer Is… May 25 – June 1, 1979; Temptations June 22–20, 1979; Eating In September 28 – October 5, 1979; In a city high-rise: Low-key chic March 27 – April 3, 1981; Temptations June 19–26, 1981; The Pleasures of Italy August 28 – September 4, 1981; The Pleasures of Simple Food October 23–30, 1981; W Christmas November 20–27, 1981