Happy Mardi Gras! To celebrate the last day of Carnival, here’s a look at the star of Helmut Newton’s 1966 Venetian shoot: Italian model and socialite Mirella Petteni Haggiag.
Born in Bergamo, Mirella Petteni moved to Milan to work as a model. As the wife of film producer Robert Haggiag, Petteni was also a society figure with residences in Venice, Tuscany, New York, and Rome’s Palazzo Mengarini. (See T magazine.) She retired from modelling to become an editor at Vogue Italia.
Petteni can be seen on many Vogue Couturier Designs by Italian designers.
Petteni also appears in a Vogue holiday editorial that includes two Vogue Special designs (Vogue 6084 and 6054):
Here she wears Galitzine’s halter and culotte:
Here, in Pucci’s bestselling cape-jacket ensemble, Petteni’s aspirational hair is an added bonus:
In white dresses from Fabiani and Forquet:
Sorbet colour-blocking from Pucci:
In Forquet’s short, half-bias evening dress:
Here she poses with Benedetta Barzini in early Valentino:
3 thoughts on “Mirella Petteni”
Considering how many “looks” a successful model can have, and your amazing ability to identify so many models, I think the people who are developing AI facial recognition programs ought to study you! There’s an interesting TED talk by MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini, who demonstrated that some current recognition programs have 99 percent accuracy recognizing white male faces, but don’t do nearly as well on women and women of color…..
1394 (the cape with cuffs) is fun, but ridiculous to wear (raise your arms even a little and the world can see so much….).
As ever, thank you for this blog.
Peoples lives are so fascinating. How glamorous was this woman? I am struggling with the last picture. Is she hugging someone else – the head looks like a man looking the opposite way to the body. Weird no?