Over the last years Belgium provided the fashion world with some stunning faces! Names like Hannelore Knuts, Anouck Lepere, Kim Peers, Delphine Bafort, An Oost and Elise Crombez were a quick pick for established fashion houses in a previous decade. Today the baton has been handed over to Belgian it-girls such as Hanne Gaby Odiele, Klara Boscic, Lisa Verberght, Amélie Lens and Yumi Lambert. It was also Yumi who recently stunned the fashion press when she adorned the spring-summer Chanel campaign. But she wasn't the first Belgian beauty to be the face of Chanel. That honour went to Patricia Van Ryckeghem, the forgotten face of the eighties!
In 1981, at the age of 16, Patricia got scouted for the women's magazine Flair. After she won the magazine's modelling competition, she got the opportunity to enter the Ford Supermodel of the World-competition in New York. Although she didn't win the competition, Patricia caught the eye of Ford-models founder Eileen Ford. As Eileen's favourite, Patricia started a prestigious career. Within the first years Patricia's classic face adorned high-end fashion covers such as Cosmopolitan and Elle Magazine. She even posed with Andy Warhol for Siqueiros Magazine in October 1985, an iconic image came into being!
At the age of 20, Chanel knocked at the door with an exclusivity contract! For over ten years, Patricia was the face of Chanel n°19 and their cosmetic line. Although at the top op her game, world fame was far from evident. It was only years later that models where catapulted into supermodel status and street styling made new it-girls. As a result, Patricia settled in Washington and changed her modeling career for a family. As Patricia shuns the spot lights, it's up to the I Love Belgium team to spread the story and stunning visuals of this forgotten eighties beauty!