Myrtle Crawford

Myrtle Crawford in beige Ottoman suit with fitted jacket indented to v, worn over print cashmere top and narrow skirt by Manguin, hat by Paulette, croc bag by Morabito, photo by Pottier, 1953

Myrtle Crawford in beige Ottoman suit with fitted jacket indented to v, worn over print cashmere top and narrow skirt by Manguin, hat by Paulette, croc bag by Morabito,1953

Photo Philippe Pottier

Lady Acland, who has died aged 85, was one of the leading models of the late 1940s and early 1950s and — as Myrtle Crawford — appeared on the front covers of Vogue and Harpers’ Bazaar.At 36-19-36, Myrtle Crawford’s hourglass figure was highly fashionable in the early 1950s and she claimed that her father could girdle her wasplike waist with his hands. She worked with many celebrated photographers of the day, including John French and Norman Parkinson. On the catwalks of Paris she also modelled for Christian Dior and other famous fashion houses. Her face, like that of Elizabeth Taylor and other beautiful women of the time, was used to promote Lux soap source telegraph

Top (British) models of 1952, Daily Express

left to right Sylvia Shelley, Myrtle Crawford, Joan Burgess, Pat Squires, photo by John French for the Daily Express, April 8, 1952

left to right Sylvia Shelley, Myrtle Crawford, Joan Burgess, Pat Squires, photo by John French for the Daily Express, April 8, 1952

Left to right Barbara Goalen, June Clarke, Shelagh Wilson, Pat Goddard, Susan Hook, and June Duncan, photo by John French for the Daily Express, April 8, 1952

Left to right Barbara Goalen, June Clarke, Shelagh Wilson, Pat Goddard, Susan Hook, and June Duncan, photo by John French for the Daily Express, April 8, 1952

Photo John French