From 1952 to 1962, photographer Mark Shaw was a reporter in Paris for the American cultural magazine Life. It was a time of renewal for French haute couture, begun by Christian Dior in 1947 with the famous "New Look". Mark Shaw, a privileged witness to the golden age of Dior, captures the incomparable, sublime elegance of this incredible decade. This book presents his exceptional photographs, most of which are published for the first time, from rare images of Christian Dior during fitting sessions to portraits of supermodels, successful cover girls and personalities from high society, dressed in the most beautiful haute couture creations. Reputed for his intimate style, Mark Shaw is able to make people forget his lens in order to capture an atmosphere, a gesture, an emotion. His images, often unposed and full of rare spontaneity, influenced fashion photography in a lasting manner.
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