Jane Gill

For Jane Gill, modeling was a family business she entered into effortlessly. Her sister, Kit Gill, was a top model in the 50s and 60s. As a young teen, Jane loved to accompany Kit on her bookings in New York. On one of these shoots, Jane had the good fortune to meet Bill Blass. Blass was so impressed with young Jill; he immediately invited her to be in his show.

At the tender age of 15, Jane’s modeling debut included working runway for Bill Blass, and appearing on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily.

On the advice of family friend, director and producer Joel Schumacher, a meeting was arranged between Jane and Diana Vreeland, Vogue’’s editor in chief and one of  the most influential fashion icons.

Shortly thereafter, Jane was shooting for Vogue with Bill Robinson. When the September issue of Vogue arrived on the newsstand, her career took off and she was in demand by all of Conde Nast’s fashion magazines.

Jane worked constantly over the next few years, and in 1975 met Bruce Weber when they worked together for SKI magazine, which also happened to be Weber’’s first fashion shoot.

The pair’s strong and comfortable working relationship produced many extraordinary lifestyle photographs. When Weber presented his and Jane’s serene lifestyle shots to Ralph Lauren to consider for his new campaign, Lauren was so impressed with their style of work, he set them off to Martha’’s Vineyard for the first shoot that launched the unforgettable and historic Ralph Lauren ad campaigns of the 70s and 80s.

Jane currently works in real estate, operates a location company with over 250 shoot locations, and, to maintain balance in her busy schedule, works to rehabilitate wildlife.

Jane resides in Sagaponack, NY with her 14-year-old daughter.

Jane Gill-SMI

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  1. JACKIE HUTTON says:

    Love those ads for Ralph Lauren.
    She had a certain air. Exquisite model.

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