Women of Singular Beauty: Chanel haute couture

Author(s): Cathleen Naundorf (Photographer); Judith Clark (Text by)


This rare collection of Cathleen Naundorf's high fashion photography--shot exclusively for this book--focuses on Chanel haute couture.

Photographer Cathleen Naundorf gained exclusive access to Chanel's physical archives to handpick gowns and photograph them against theatrical backdrops of her own design. The result: a unique book of ethereal, cinematic photographs that capture the exquisiteness of their haute couture ensembles--creations that entail thousands of hours of handwork, crafting, embellishing, finishing. This is a must-have book for any fashion lover and devotees of the haute couture world
For over two decades, Naundorf has used her expert photographic skills to pay homage to the haute couture aesthetic. Her seven-year series Un R ve de Mode, using gowns pulled from haute couture archives of the leading European houses of fashion including Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Valentino, and Lacroix, was hailed as one of the first great works of fashion photography in the twenty-first century. For this book, she turns her elaborate and cinematic productions to present world of Chanel. Granted exclusive access to the Chanel archives, Naundorf's images capture the magic and exquisiteness of their haute couture creations--works that require thousands of hours of detailed handwork, embellishing, and finishing


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Cathleen Naundorf is a French-German photographer who is known for her inimitable and ethereal high fashion photography. After starting her career in New York, she began work in photojournalism, covering tribal cultures and ethnic groups around the world. In the mid-nineties, Naundorf's career path changed direction toward the fashion industry. Since 2005, she has worked on her Haute Couture series Un Reve de Mode, for which she was granted exclusive access to the archives of Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Lacroix, Elie Saab, and Valentino. Naundorf's photographs have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. Her work has been exhibited in Europe and America. Since 2011, Naundorf has worked privately with Valentino on such notable projects as An Italian Story and The New York City Ballet.Amanda Harlech is one of the fashion industry's leading authorities on style. As well as enjoying a successful career as a consultant, she is well-known for being muse to both John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld.Judith Clark is a curator and exhibition-maker based in London. She is currently Professor of Fashion and Museology at London College of Fashion, UAL, where she teaches on the MA Fashion Curation.

General Fields

  • : 9780847860425
  • : Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated
  • : Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated
  • : January 2035
  • : 330mm X 254mm
  • : United States
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Cathleen Naundorf (Photographer); Judith Clark (Text by)
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 272
  • : 150 colour and B&W photographs