Alberta Tiburzi

November 22, 2013 § 6 Comments

Hiro photo of Alberta Tiburzi in Balenciaga

Alberta Tiburzi in Balenciaga. Harper’s Bazaar, 1967. Photo: Hiro (Yasuhiro Wakabayashi). Image via modeSPIRIT.

Born in Rome, Alberta Tiburzi began her modelling career in Italy in the 1960s. She later moved to New York after signing a contract with American Vogue. In the 1970s Tiburzi became a professional fashion photographer, known as signora della luce for her work with light. (Read a bio here, from the 2005 exhibition Italian Eyes: Italian Fashion Photographs from 1951 to Today.)

In the mid-1960s Tiburzi did some modelling for Vogue Patterns in Rome, for Couturier patterns by Italian designers. My mother made this Galitzine ensemble in fuchsia bouclé:

Alberta Tiburzi on a 1960s pattern, Vogue 1564 by Galitzine

Vogue 1564 by Galitzine (1966) Image via the Vintage Patterns Wiki.

In this design by Federico Forquet, the shaped hem of the cutaway jacket matches the waistline seam on the dress:

Alberta Tiburzi on a 1960s pattern, Vogue 1575 by Federico Forquet

Vogue 1575 by Federico Forquet (1966) Image via Etsy.

Tiburzi brings out the drama of this double-breasted tent coat by Fabiani:

Alberta Tiburzi on a 1960s pattern, Vogue 1577 by Fabiani

Vogue 1577 by Fabiani (1966) Image via the Vintage Patterns Wiki.

Tiburzi was also photographed in the dress from the same pattern:

Alberta Tiburzi modelling Vogue 1577 dress

Vogue 1577 by Fabiani (1966) Image via the Vintage Patterns Wiki.

Here she models a red Simonetta dress with tucks radiating from the collar:

1960s Simonetta pattern with model Alberta Tiburzi - Vogue 1587

Vogue 1587 by Simonetta (1966) Image via Etsy.

Once in New York, Tiburzi did some work for McCall’s. Here she models a purple dress with heavily embellished collar by Pauline Trigère:

Late 1960s Pauline Trigère pattern - McCall's 1048 (1968)

McCall’s 1048 by Pauline Trigère (1968)

You can see a Hiro editorial featuring Tiburzi at Couture Allure, or click the models tag to see more posts in my models series.

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§ 6 Responses to Alberta Tiburzi

  • seweverythingblog says:

    I love stories like this one. It puts a name and a real human behind the faces of the super models of their day. Makes me want to look at my collection of 60s patterns to see if Ms Tiburzi is on a pattern envelope.

  • Heather Lou says:

    You’ve been on a roll the last few weeks! Love that first shot especially And PLEASE tell me your mum kept the suit?!

    • PatternVault says:

      Thanks, Heather! Yes, she did keep the suit. It’s pretty amazing.. 27 pattern pieces, lined and interlined, with some elaborate couture-style closures. Unfortunately it doesn’t fit me! but I was able to find myself a copy of the pattern.

  • Dustin says:

    I’ve always loved that top photo, and the dress is one of my most favourite Balenciaga designs, but I never knew who the model was until now.
    Your mother’s suit must have been beautiful, especially in that fabric. It’s such an elegant design with flair. It must have been very inspiring as a child to know that your mother made such clothes for herself.

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