Live your life, Georges Dambier and fashion

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Remembering that fashion and photography are special means of reflection of time and memory, exhibition Vivre sa vie, Georges Dambier et la mode presents the photographer’s singular vision in the context of Parisian haute couture in the 1950s. The universe of haute couture, magazines, and fashion photography usually features female objects. Far from these stereotypes, Georges Dambier’s gaze (1925-2011) reveals a woman who is certainly beautiful and elegant, but also free, confident in herself, dynamic, happy, spontaneous, sometimes melancholy. Anna Karina, Barbara Mullen, Bettina, Brigitte Bardot, Capucine, Dorian Leigh, Fiona Campbell-Walter, Françoise Dambier, Gigi, Gunilla, Ivy Nicholson, Karen Blanguernon, Marie-Hélène Arnaud, Nina, Suzy Parker, Sophie Litvak are women who turn Thirty-nine selected images from Georges Dambier, divided into six themes: Couture spirit; A Woman in the City; Scenario: fashion photography unfolds; Real and surreal: fashion photography, a universe between dream and reality; Travel invitations: fashion in the world according to Georges Dambier; Portugal, 1957.

Commissioner : Anabela Becho

Vivre sa vie, Georges Dambier et la mode
6 May – 30 October 2022
Museu Nacional do Traje, Lisbon
Largo Júlio Castilho, 1600-483 Lisbon, Portugal

Georges Dambier’s photography (1925-2011) depicts actualized haute couture, seen through the prism of very modern fashion. Dambier’s list of contemporary in the truest sense of the term, made in the present, in the present. In this work by the French photographer, time and memory mingle with Parisian couture and its traditions, to feed the memory of one of the golden ages in fashion history. Enriched with unpublished essays and photographs, this book presents Georges Dambier’s truly unique photographic work from an equally original perspective, highlighting his connection to 1950s fashion culture.

Author and scientific coordinator: Anabela Becho
Invited authors: Guillaume Dambier, Julia Guillon, Pedro Augusto, Sylvie Roy
Design: Bloodymary & Braun
Object Photography: Pedro Rosario Nunes
Edition: Direção-Geral do Património Cultural / Museu Nacional do Traje
first edition, 2022
Number of pages: 250
Number of images: 123
Image: Georges Dambier’s photo; Traje National Museum; Diktats bookstore; Dior’s legacy; Balmain heritage; Palais Galliera, the Fashion Museum of the City of Paris; Colecção Anabela Becho

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