”In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable.”
Mark Shaw was a legendary house-hold name fashion photographer back in the 50’s and not without a reason,he is the photographer that most captured and showcased almost a whole decade,perhaps the best, of dazzling Dior haute couture moments. But not only he captured beautiful dresses. Mark Shaw is being considered as a ”revolutionary” in fashion photography as he is the first to shoot in wide takes,allowing for context and ”personality” to the outfit and the subject he was shooting. The publishing house of Rizzoli has just released a visual transcription of this very era in a luxurious volume,with Mark Shaw’s amazing photographs taking the lead.Titled ‘‘Dior Glamour: 1952-1962’’, the book contains both black-and-white and color photographs with many of the images never been published before along with some of the very first fashion photographs in color.
Mark Shaw has been given the benefit of unlimited access inside the Dior House, even being backstage at Dior’s fashion shows in a era where Dior whereabouts were kept secret from the public and little exposure was desired given the absence of copyright issues,therefor with the ”danger” of being copied always present.However he managed to make people at Dior to trust him,providing him the opportunity to shoot during fittings,backstage and even to capture celebrities,when arrived.Therefore prepare yourselves for an amazing book,and ”Dior Glamour:1952-1962′ comes with several images unpublished before, plus accompanied by a preface by Lee Radziwill (Jackie Kennedy’s younger sister), ”which focuses on the photos he shot of Christian Dior during his stay in the city of light during the brand’s heyday post-New Look heyday in the 1950s and 1960s.”
‘‘Dior Glamour: 1952-1962″ published by Rizzoli.
Text by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, preface by Lee Radziwill, photographs by Mark Shaw.