Meg Mundy: The Trailblazing Model Who Dazzled the Fashion World

Born Margaret Anne Mary Mundy in 1915, Meg Mundy was an English-American model and actress who quickly rose to prominence in the 1940s and 1950s. With her stunning looks, grace, and undeniable charisma, she became a favorite subject of photographers and a muse for fashion designers alike.

Meg’s career took off when she signed with the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency, which represented some of the world’s most iconic models at the time. She graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Glamour, showcasing the latest fashion trends and captivating the hearts of readers across the globe. Meg’s undeniable talent and distinctive look helped redefine beauty standards and pave the way for future models.

But Meg Mundy’s talents extended far beyond the fashion world. As a skilled actress, she enjoyed a successful career in both television and film. Meg appeared in numerous TV shows and soap operas, including “The Guiding Light” and “The Doctors,” earning a Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Mona Aldrich Croft in the latter. Her film credits include “The Marrying Kind” and “Fatal Attraction,” proving that Meg was a versatile and accomplished performer.

Despite her success in the entertainment industry, Meg Mundy never indeed left the world of fashion behind. She continued to work as a model well into her later years, inspiring a new generation of models and fashion enthusiasts. Meg’s trailblazing spirit and lasting influence on fashion and entertainment are a testament to her legacy, which continues to inspire and captivate to this day.

#1 Meg Mundy in Cartier jewels, Vogue, October 15, 1940

#2 Meg Mundy in red wool slack suit emblazoned with eagle figure, with white shirt and white turban, Vogue 1940

#3 Meg Mundy in a 22-carat gold-washed kid trench coat by Mainbocher, Vogue, September 15, 1940

#4 Meg Mundy in a yellow wool suit, accessorized with brown sealskin hat and muff, Vogue 1941

#5 Meg Mundy in chartreuse felt hat with roses and hummingbirds, purple gloves, and purple veil and ribbons, Vogue 1941

#6 Meg Mundy wearing green velveteen suit with baum-marten hat and muff, Vogue 1941

#7 Meg Mundy in wool jersey two-toned dress from Young-Times worn under a red Forstmann wool coat lined in leopard-stenciled rabbit fur, 1942

#8 Meg Mundy in white summer suit with yellow terrier print cravat, Vogue 1944

#9 Meg Mundy in red and white striped shirtwaist dress of rayon crêpe by William Bass, Vogue 1945

#10 Meg Mundy in a gray Russian broadtail coat and matching beret made to order at Henri Bendel, Vogue, August 1, 1946

#11 Meg Mundy in beautifully tailored suit by Philip Mangone, Vogue, march 15, 1946

#12 Meg Mundy in gown by Hattie Carnegie, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 1946

#13 Meg Mundy in Miron’s worsted suit of pink-on-black stripes or beige-on-brown at Russeks, Harper’s Bazaar, February 1946

#14 Meg Mundy in navy-blue dress interlaced with polka-dot sash by Pattullo, Harper’s Bazaar, March 1946

#15 Meg Mundy in silk crêpe dress by Rose Barrack, Harper’s Bazaar, October 1946

#16 Meg Mundy in a city-black waffle-piqué coat-dress by Mildred Orrick, straw harlequin-shaped hat, white calf bag by Bienen-Davis, all at Bergdorf Goodman, Vogue, April 15, 1947

#17 Meg Mundy in a dress and jacket printed with “Dali’s Desert Rocks’ from a Vogue Pattern Design S-4780, Vogue, April 1, 1947

#18 Meg Mundy in beautiful slipper-satin gown by Nettie Rosenstein, Vogue, October 15, 1947

#19 Meg Mundy in beautifully proportioned princess coat with turn-back cuffs and flat pockets in cocoa brown Melton wool from Simplicity Pattern 2136, hat by Lilly Daché, Harper’s Bazaar, September 1947

#20 Meg Mundy in beige linen suit-dress, at the Hugo Gallery, New York City, Vogue, April 15, 1947

#21 Meg Mundy in black Onandaga faille dress by Rose Barrack, Vogue, February 15, 1947

#22 Meg Mundy in black wool jersey dress with white edging at cuffs and collar, Vogue, February 15, 1947

#23 Meg Mundy in black wool suit with a curved jacket that bells out above a rippling skirt by Hattie Carnegie at the Lindner Coy, Harper’s Bazaar, September 1947

#24 Meg Mundy in brass-buttoned box jacket, slim skirt, Vogue, March 1, 1947

#25 Meg Mundy in Forstmann wool suit by Monte Sano, Vogue, March 1, 1947

#26 Meg Mundy in late-day suit by Rose Barrack, hat by John Frederics, Vogue, September 15, 1947

#27 Meg Mundy in lovely lace and net dress in ballerina-length by Ben Reig, Harper’s Bazaar, October 1947

#28 Meg Mundy in luxurious long-hair silver fox fur designed by Sophie of Saks Fifth Avenue, Vogue, May 1, 1947

#29 Meg Mundy in off-shoulder black taffeta cocktail dress by Ceil Chapman at Bergdorf Goodman, Vogue, January 1, 1947

#30 Meg Mundy in pale putty-beige, worsted twill suit by Rauch for Carolyn Modes, a natural pale straw sailor by Sally Victor, jewelry by John Rubel, Vogue, March 1, 1947

#31 Meg Mundy in satin belted silk dress in a stripe-and-rose pattern at Bergdorf Goodman, Vogue, March 15, 1947

#32 Meg Mundy in silver satin evening dress that bares the shoulders in a fichu of folds by Jack Herzog, Harper’s Bazaar, November 1947

#33 Meg Mundy in two-toned Hockanum flannel suit, the darker skirt is flared, by Roxspun, citron yellow gloves and hat by Lilly Daché, lapel coins by Shapiro, Harper’s Bazaar, September 1947

#34 Meg Mundy is wearing a tan straw hat with little brim curling upwards and heavy windings of brown velvet by Mme. Pauline, Vogue, March 1, 1947

#35 Meg Mundy is wearing an orange and slate blue silk shantung blouse and skirt by Claire McCardell, 1947

#36 Meg Mundy is wearing grey muted plaid wool suit with teal blue hat, 1947

#37 Meg Mundy wearing white wool coat with leopard fur hood, Harper’s Bazaar, October 1947

#38 Meg Mundy in black dotted silk dress entirely covered with sequins, with full pleated skirt tied at the waist in large black bow, by Rose Barrack, Harper’s Bazaar, February 1948

#39 Meg Mundy in long evening dress and jacket of off-white cotton checked in gold Lurex by Mainbocher, Harper’s Bazaar, May 1948

#40 Meg Mundy in ruby red cashmere cardigan cut at the waist with ruby and green tie silk dress beneath by Mainbocher, flexible jeweled starfish by Jean Schlumberger, Harper’s Bazaar, May 1948

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Written by Rachel Mitchell

Rachel Mitchell is a vintage fashion enthusiast with a passion for all things retro. She is interested vintage fashion styles, trends, and accessories, and provides tips and tricks for incorporating vintage pieces into modern wardrobes.

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