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This major fashion and photography retrospective of acclaimed photographer Marilyn Stafford includes iconic fashion images from the Swinging Sixties accross Paris and London.

Prior to the Second World War, French women of means had their clothes made to measure in the grand maisons de couture. Middle class women would have these models copied from the fashion magazines by their own dressmakers. In the 1950s enterprising French manufacturers found young designers and began making affordable and very stylish ready-to-wear clothing.

Most fashion photographs at that time were taken in a studio or in elegant venues but as Stafford recalls, “I preferred to take the models onto my beloved streets of Paris.” She would even let the street kids pose with the models. Moving to England in the mid-1960s she found swinging london and its young designers, all of which are included in this exhibition.

Born and raised in Cleveland, USA in 1925, Marilyn’s early dreams were for a theatrical career. Her photographic career was accidently launched in 1948 in New York where she had gone to find work on the Broadway stage. She was asked to photograph Albert Einstein by friends who were making a film about him.

Stafford shot to international acclaim after her work documenting Algerian refugees in Tunisia famously made the front page of The Observer in 1958, bringing their plight to world attention. Find out more about Marilyn Stafford.

Silver Gelatin 12”x 16” (30.48 x 40.64 cm) editioned and signed collector quality prints will be available to order. These will be hand printed from the negative by master printer Robin Bell.

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