Quite often visitors to an exhibition shrug off the temptation to buy the related catalogue as they feel it contains photographic material they will be able to see online for free. This is not the case with the catalague for the exhibition "Willy Maywald, Hommage aux Chapeaux 1936-1968" (Willy Maywald, Tribute to Hats 1936-1968). This slim volume features indeed all the exclusive images (unavailable online) included in the exhibition currently on at the Atelier-Musée du Chapeau in Chazelles-sur-Lyon, France.
As you may remember from a previous post, the event is curated by Jutta Niemann, member of the Willy Maywald Association and an authority in the art of this photographer. The volume is ideal for fans of French fashion since it includes elegant models wearing creations by Christian Dior, Robert Piguet, Edward Molyneux, Jacques Fath, Jacques Heim, Elsa Schiaparelli, Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent, among the others.
There is also a lovely section on milliners that includes pictures of the "catherinettes" and a final part focusing on images of actors and actresses, dancers and celebrities with rare shots of Schiaparelli and Fath in 1952 at the "Bal de Rio".
In a nutshell, this is a genuine must for any fashion fan and for passionate lovers of black and white photography (and fashion designers will find a lot of inspirations in its pages - check out the sculptural dresses and gowns, Dior's glamour toque covered in juicy fruits or Fath's hat covered in a fabric characterised by an extremely modern geometrical print). I'm illustrating this post with this brief video to give you a very quick idea of the contents without revealing too much about the images.
For further information about the volume, contact the Association Willy Maywald - ADAGP, B.P. 60 - 78602 Maisons-Laffitte Cedex, France (Fax +33 1 39 627241) or the Atelier-Musée du Chapeau (the Willy Maywald exhibition is on at the museum until 15th September 2013).Member of the Boxxet Network of Blogs, Videos and Photos
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