A spellbinding journey into the world of Chanel haute couture, captured by one of fashion’s most acclaimed photographers.
In exclusive shoots with the house of Chanel, photographer Cathleen Naundorf gained rare access to their haute couture collections–which entail thousands of hours of handwork, crafting, and embellishing. The result: a book of ethereal, cinematic photographs of gowns against theatrical backdrops that capture the ensembles’ exquisiteness and the magical allure of haute couture. This is what sartorial dreams are made of.
For more than two decades, Naundorf has used her expert photographic skills to pay homage to the haute couture aesthetic. Combining her experiences in travel, art, and photojournalism, Naundorf elaborately arranges each detail of her images using storyboards and extensively researches the lighting for every image. Captured with analog large-format cameras, each photograph is a singular vision suggesting romance, surrealism, exoticism, and above all else, fantasy.
About the Author:
Cathleen Naundorf is a fashion and travel photographer whose photographs have been published by Condé Nast and Harper’s Bazaar. Her artwork is exhibited internationally, including at Hamiltons Gallery in London, Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York, and Holden Luntz Gallery in Palm Beach. It is featured in the collections of the Musée Rodin, Victoria & Albert Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Jérôme Neutres is the director for strategy and development of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux and the Grand Palais, and the president of the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris. He is the author of essays and books on literature and the arts.