Gia Carangi

July 9, 2012 § 6 Comments

Vogue Patterns campaign image showing Gia Carangi walking a Dalmatian. Gia wears Vogue pattern 2060 by Yves Saint Laurent. From Vogue, November 1978

Gia Carangi in Vogue 2060 and 7248, Vogue, November 1978. Photo: Andrea Blanch. Image via giacarangi.org.

One of the fun aspects of vintage patterns is that they sometimes show famous models, familiar to us from the pages of major fashion publications and the work of top photographers. This is the first in an occasional series on prominent models and commercial sewing patterns.

Gia Carangi (1960-1986) is sometimes called the first supermodel. (Cindy Crawford was nicknamed ‘Baby Gia’ when she first moved to New York.) There’s even a blog devoted to her editorials. Starting in 1978, the year of her first major fashion shoot—the Chris von Wangenheim chain link fence shoot dramatized in the HBO movie Gia—Carangi also did some work for Vogue Patterns.

The November/December 1978 issue of Vogue Patterns magazine has a few pages featuring Gia Carangi, including an Arthur Elgort portfolio showing Vogue 2008 by Bill Blass. In most cases, Carangi was photographed for editorials only, but she can be seen on a few Vogue patterns:

Gia Carangi models Vogue 2023, a 1970s pattern by Christian Dior

Vogue 2023 by Christian Dior (1978) Image via eBay.

Gia Carangi models Vogue 2014, a pink evening dress by Givenchy

Vogue 2014 by Givenchy (1978) Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

Gia Carangi models Vogue 2010, a ruffled backless dress by Stan Herman

Vogue 2010 by Stan Herman (1978) Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

Carangi also shot some Vogue Patterns editorials with Andrea Blanch which appeared in Vogue magazine in 1978 and 1979. Here are some of her editorial images promoting designer patterns—two Calvin Klein patterns, Vogue 1878 and Vogue 2027, and Vogue 1988 by Yves Saint Laurent. The Vogue 2027 coat was shortened for the photo shoot:

Gia Carangi models Vogue Patterns by Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent. Vogue, October 1978. Photo by Andrea Blanch

Gia Carangi in Vogue 2027 (Calvin Klein) and 1988 (YSL), Vogue, October 1978. Photo: Andrea Blanch. Image via giacarangi.org.

Gia Carangi models Vogue Patterns by Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent. Vogue, October 1978. Photo by Andrea Blanch

Gia Carangi in Vogue 1878 (Calvin Klein) and 1988 (YSL), Vogue, October 1978. Photo: Andrea Blanch. Image via giacarangi.org.

Gia Carangi models Vogue Patterns. Vogue, October 1978. Photo by Andrea Blanch

Gia Carangi in Vogue 1988 (YSL) and 2027 (Calvin Klein), Vogue, October 1978. Photo: Andrea Blanch. Image via giacarangi.org.

This May 1979 editorial image shows Vogue 2040, a tunic by Edith Head, made up in sheer black silk marquisette:

Gia Carangi wears an Edith Head tunic from Vogue Patterns in Vogue, May 1979. Photographed by Andrea Blanch.

Gia Carangi in Vogue 2040 by Edith Head, Vogue, May 1979. Photo: Andrea Blanch. Image via giacarangi.org.

The famous “Dead” photo was also part of a Vogue Patterns editorial (in the same issue as the Dalmatian photo shown above; the latter shows Vogue 2060, a top by Yves Saint Laurent). The patterns are two Calvin Klein designs: Vogue 1990, a wrap dress, and the pants from Vogue 2027:

Gia Carangi "Dead" photo 1970s Vogue Patterns, Vogue, November 1978. Photographed by Andrea Blanch

Gia Carangi in Vogue 1990 and 2027 by Calvin Klein, Vogue, November 1978. Photo: Andrea Blanch. Image via giacarangi.org.

Click the images to see more Gia Carangi/Vogue Patterns editorial photos.

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§ 6 Responses to Gia Carangi

  • Debi says:

    Fabulous new series! Cindy Crawford is definitely a dead ringer for Gia Carangi! In fact, I thought it was Crawford in the first photo!

  • Dustin. says:

    I was thrilled to be notified by email of this new post! Gia was especially beautiful, and a great model, but in the end a tragic figure. She’ll be forever young.
    For me, a big part of the charm of vintage patterns, beside the garment styles themselves, is the photography on the envelope which really captures the spirit of the fashions of the time. I love that famous models were employed, as well as photographers (at present I’m only aware of Demarchelier and von Wagenheim in the late 70’s), which was only fitting that the best designer names were matched with the best image makers. I can’t wait to see who the next featured model on PatternVault will be!

  • ilikeiwishiheart.com says:

    I love these early shots of Gia.

  • Ruth says:

    I believe this is ideal to which we all strive – at least those of us who lived through the ’80s. Thanks for the memories. I love, just love this style!

  • First supermodel and dog… this photograph has absolutely taken my breath away!!! Love it to pieces!!!

  • […] by Butterick, Vogue magazine continued to run editorials featuring Vogue patterns—see my Gia Carangi post for more.) Here Johnson appears in a 1972 advertisement for the Simplicity […]

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