Notting Hill & Holland Park, UK, 2014

2014
Couture Culture

 

If you’re captivated by the Horst P. Horst retrospective at the V&A (as featured in this issue on p. 14), take a look at the exquisite work of French-German photographer Cathleen Naundorf. She met Horst in the early 90s and he became both a mentor and a friend, inspiring her to move into fashion photography; in 1997 she began to shoot Paris runway shows backstage for Condé Nast and from 2005 to 2011, she worked on a series called Un Rêve de Mode, with six couture houses, including Chanel, Lacroix, Dior and Valentino. She was given access to gowns from their archives for her elaborate, theatrical shoots and the results can be seen in Haute Couture: The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf or through London’s Hamilton Gallery.

cathleennaundorf.com / hamiltonsgallery.com