Born in the 1920s, Barbara Mullen has been one of the greatest models of the 40s-60s, her image has been captured by almost all of the greatest fashion photographers of the 20th century. And yet, little is known about her, not even a birth date, and a label of "The replacement girl" given by photographer Lilian Bassman who has best captured her mysterious quality, is forever sticked to her. Her name appears only like a footnote in the story of other models of her time from Barbara Goalen to Twiggy.
After retiring from model career, Barbara Mullen moved to Switzerland, where she has had her own boutique, written for fashion magazine, and lived a quiet and undisturbed life, what Switzerland is famous for.
The Replacement Girl: A Life in 24 Frames
By John-Michael O'Sullivan
A biography of Barbara Mullen, one of the twentieth century's great fashion models