Elegance: the Seeberger brothers and the birth of fashion photography

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Chronicle Books, Apr 5, 2007 - Photography - 224 pages
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Modern fashion photography was born when three brothers, Parisian postcard photographers, shifted their lenses to the upper echelon of French society in the early twentieth century. As impromptu portraits of beautiful women in inimitable finery at racecourses, resorts, and caf s began to appear in magazines, courant designers such as Chanel, Herm s, and Madeleine Vionnet rushed to send their models to posh watering holes to be photographed with the beau monde. The first-ever showcase of 300 rich black and white S eberger images, this luxe collection is a must-have for fashionistas, Francophiles, and vintage clothing enthusiasts. Elegance recalls a bygone era of glamour, and illuminates the candid beginnings of a now highly stylized photographic form.

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Virginie Chardin is the author of several photography volumes.

Xavier Demange is an art historian and contributes to numerous museum exhibition catalogs.

Sylvie Aubenas is a chief curator at the Bibliothÿque Nationale de France. She lives in Paris.

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