Amazing French Fashion Photography by Georges Dambier

Georges Dambier was born in 1925 and was one of the first fashion photographers to take models out of the studio and into the streets. While he was still building and perfecting his craft, Dambier was hired by Helene Lazareff, director of ELLE, the fashion magazine, who encouraged him and gave him his first assignment as a fashion photographer.

During his career Dambier photographed amongst others: Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Errol Flynn, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Cocteau, ou Colette, mais aussi Bettina, Capucine and Suzy Parker.

Georges Dambier did not conform to the standard technique of taking fashion pictures, with models standing emotionless and seemingly indifferent to the camera. Instead, he showed models smiling, laughing and often in action. His models were surrounded by local people in a market place in Marrakech, or in a village in Corsica, or – and above all – in his beloved Paris. 

Capucine for ELLE, Boulevard de la Madeleine, Paris, Georges Dambier, 1952 via

Suzy Parker by Georges Dambier via

Suzy Parker Shop Lanvin, Elle, Georges Dambier, 1952 via

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Sophie Litvak and little dog, Elle, 1952 via

A Collection of Photos Feat. Showgirl Mistinguett

Mistinguett´s (1875 – 1956) was at one time the highest-paid female entertainer in the world. She became known as a singer and actress, starring in numerous films during the silent era.

During a tour of the United States, Mistinguett was asked by Time magazine to explain her popularity. Her answer was:

“It is a kind of magnetism. I say ‘Come closer’ and draw them to me.”

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Mistinguett (5 April 1875 – 5 January 1956) was a French actress and singer, whose birth name was Jeanne Bourgeois. She was at one time the best-paid female entertainer in the world.[1]

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Mistinguett by Charles Gesmar 1900 - 1928 Mistinguett (5 April 1875 - 5 January 1956) was a French actress and singer, whose birth name was Jeanne Bourgeois. Charles Gesmar (pronounced Gesmar) French Poster Artist and Costume Designer Born: May 21, 1900 Died: February 27, 1928

Mistinguett by Charles Gesmar 1900 – 1928 Mistinguett (5 April 1875 – 5 January 1956). French Poster Artist and Costume Designer Born: May 21, 1900 Died: February 27, 1928

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Mistinguett and Josephine Baker, 1927

A Collection of Turn of the Century Fashion Photographs

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Otto Sarony, Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit, 1900s via

Tightlaced Gibson Girl, Camille Clifford, showing her ideal La Belle Époque figure via

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Edwardian lady wearing Redfern, who among other things popularised high-waisted Grecian style dresses after 1908 via

Dress for the races by J. Dukes, photo by Reutlinger, Les Modes, May 1912 via

A fashionable woman at the races in 1909. Scanned from the book “The Mechanical Smile” by Caroline Evans via

Gorgeous Edwardian dresses, hats and parasols. Toilettes vues aux Grand Prix. Irlande et linon brodé de la grande Maison de Dentelles, 1906. Belle epoque fashion.

Gorgeous Edwardian dresses, hats and parasols, 1906. Belle epoque fashion via

Lily Elsie...can't help but think how pretty she looked.

Actress Lily Elsie in an Ewdardian gown via

Raoul Dufy textile design on velvet for Paul Poiret cape 1911 via The Humanities Exchange, Montreal, Canada

Raoul Dufy was one of the great innovators of 20th century textile design here is an example on velvet for a Paul Poiret cape 1911 via

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Woman wearing French fashion. ca. 1905 via

Fashion, ca. 1914 via

Antique photo postcard of Edwardian beauty with a large hat and a snowfox stole around her shoulders via

Amazing 19th Century Photos of Countess Virginie de Castiglione by Pierre Louis Pierson

In 1844 Pierre-Louis Pierson began operating a studio in Paris that specialized in hand-colored daguerreotypes. In 1855 he entered into a partnership with Léopold Ernest and Louis Frédéric Mayer, who also ran a daguerreotype studio. The Mayers had been named “Photographers of His Majesty the Emperor” by Napoleon III the year before Pierson joined them. Although the studios remained at separate addresses, Pierson and the Mayers began to distribute their images under the joint title “Mayer et Pierson,” and together they became the leading society photographers in Paris (source).

Pierre Louis Pierson´s most interesting professional project is the close collaboration he led with Virginia Oldoini, the Countess of Castiglione. She directed Pierre-Louis Pierson to help her create 700 different photographs in which she re-created the signature moments of her life for the camera. Both enjoyed creating playful identities within which the countess could be a Madonna, a sensual vamp revealing her legs and feet or a fantasy creature clad in eccentric costumes (source).

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La Comtesse décolletée; Roses mousseuses (Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione) by Pierre-Louis Pierson, 1861–67 via

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Béatrix  (Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione) by Pierre-Louis Pierson, 1856–57 via

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La Psyché  (Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione) by Pierre-Louis Pierson, 1860s via

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Stella (autre) (Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione) by Pierre-Louis Pierson, 1860s via