MISS SUSAN BLIGH AS CALYPSO 1935
Madame Yevonde (1893 – 1975)
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Susan Bligh was the daughter of Noel, son of the 8th Earl of Darnley. Married Colonel Stirling of Kier. Her sister Jasmine was one of the first television announcers.
References to classical and contemporary Surrealism pervade The Goddessesseries of society beauties transformed into Green and Roman Goddesses, which Yevonde began in 1935. Whilst claiming in her autobiography, In Camera, that her inspiration for the series derived solely from the 18th century painters’ idea of depicting beauties as Greek Goddess, it would appear that the its immediate impetus came from the ‘Olympian Ball’ held at Claridges hotel in London in March 1935.
Madame Yevonde Be Original or Die, The British Council 1998