Kristin Clotilde Darnell-born 1951 as Kristin Clotilde Holby in Oslo, Norway, Holby grew up in Larchmont, New York and attended Murray Avenue School and Mamaroneck High School. Later she took courses in apparel design at Rhode Island School of Design and started working as a fabric designer for a textile company.

Known as Clotilde, Darnell became a successful model for various couture houses, including Yves St. Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Givenchy and Chanel. Beside minor roles in Trading Places and Manhunter, she also appeared in fashion and cosmetic advertising on TV and in print.

After marrying her second husband Dr. James Darnell, she retired from modeling and now lives in Larchmont. As mother of three children, she has established a brand of elegant women’s dresses and opened Clotilde: The Dress Shop in Larchmont, NY.


7 Responses to “Clotilde”
  1. Donna says:

    Oh, how my friend and I loved her, esp. in the Ralph Lauren ads!!! Classic beauty!!!

  2. JACKIE HUTTON says:

    Gorgeous. Back in Brazil even my mother found her stunning. That green dress on the cover of Cosmo US made a huge impression on me. She was the most memorable model on the cover of Cosmo apart from Farrah Fawcett. Did not know she was Norwegian but can see where her beauty comes from.
    Thanks for the scans.

  3. Eva Voorhees says:

    You’re welcome! I worked with Clotilde many, many times for Brides with Gordon Munro.

  4. Jayne Copley says:

    Eva, where are the pics of YOU? You, too, are gorgeous. I’m now going
    to search for you on this site.
    As for Clotilde, was she not elegant and aristocratic? What an icon.
    I remember all but a few of the photos you posted–all those
    Orlane Cosmetics ones, and the Lauren. Thanks a lot, Eva!

  5. Eva Voorhees says:

    I have an album, in fact there are 77 so far. If you go to the bottom of the page doesn’t it say more posts? It’s being worked on currently to make it easier and I’ll be adding more models, so hang on!
    And yes to the Clotilde questions! Very sophisticated lady!

  6. Machelle says:

    Ralph Lauren is featuring a model that looks JUST LIKE CLOTILDE! I am SURE it is her daughter!


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