Cecilia Dean Biography
Cecilia Dean born in Turlock, California, U.S, is an American former fashion model and entrepreneur who was the co-founder of Visionaire, a multi-media art and fashion company.
Cecilia Dean Age
Cecilia Dean was born in January 10, 1969 (50 years) as of 2018.
Cecilia Dean Family
She was born in Central California, her mother was an English professor and her father an Asian studies professor.(their names are not known) At age 12, her family moved to Long Island, New York . She attended Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, New York. While there, she had interests in ballet, speech and debate, winning several trophies in switch-side varsity debate and oral interpretation in prose and poetry. She also competed in both state and national championships. Her aesthetic as a teenager veered a little Goth and a little glamorous.
Cecilia Dean Husband
She is married to her longtime boyfriend, David Selig a restaurant owner.
Cecilia Dean Career
During high school, she and her friends were frequent visitors to Manhattan. On one such trip, she was scouted by a photographer who introduced her to Louise Despointes, owner of City Models, and he signed her as a model.
She began modeling for the American edition of Seventeen Magazine. Despointes arranged for her to do photos with fashion photographer Stephen Gan and makeup artist James Kaliardos. In 1986, she got her first job with Mario Testino for the cover of a special teen edition of the Italian magazine, Lei. They went on to work on many more shoots together in Europe.
After graduating, she moved to Paris, France to pursue modeling, traveling in Europe and Japan. After a year and a half, she returned to New York to attend Barnard College, majoring in English and French literature.
During her modeling career, she modeled for Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Ellen Von Unwerth, Steven Klein, Mert and Marcus, and Inez and Vinoodh.
In 1991, she founded Visionaire, an art and fashion publication with Stephen Gan and James Kaliardos. Artists who work in collaboration with Visionaire to produce interpretations on a theme are given freedom to push its content and original formats. Though artists aren’t paid, many notable figures in art and fashion have worked on an issue with Visionaire.
Dean continues to run Visionaire with Kaliardos and has grown it from a publication to a company that curates luxury art fashion experiences.
In 2010 Klaus Biesenbach, the director of MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York, approached Dean and New York Times columnist David Colman about creating fashion exhibits for the museum.
Their first project was called “MOVE!”. Dean and Colman created a show that paired fashion designers with artists to create participatory experiences.
In 2013 and 2014, she and Colman mounted MOVE! for 10 days in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2015, they mounted the show again in New York at Brookfield Place.
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