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Un Rêve de Mode

2 March 31 March 2012

HAMILTONS Press Release

Contact: Christina Richardson

The Evolution of Fashion I, Dior Collection Winter 2004,

Musée dHistoire Naturelle, Galerie dAnatomie, Paris, 2010

Gelatin silver print

Large, edition of 10, 72 3/4 x 53 1/8 in.

Medium, edition of 10, 51 x 35 1/4 in.

Small, edition of 10, 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in.

© Cathleen Naundorf, courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery

Hamiltons Gallery marks another first in its exhibition programme with new works by photographer Cathleen

Naundorf. Over the past six years, Cathleen Naundorf has worked on her haute couture series Un Rêve de

Mode, concentrating on six couture houses: Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Lacroix, Elie Saab and Valentino. Due to

her outstanding results, Cathleen was offered the opportunity to choose gowns from the couturiers archives

for her elaborate, cinematic productions.

Her approach is meticulous - she conducts intensive research, creating enchanting handmade journals in

order to develop a storyboard: archive photos of couturiers, texts and interviews written by Naundorf and

others, as well as sketches of planned photo compositions. She chooses her own models, locations, and hair

and make-up designers all these details are essential to her personal pursuit of transcendent beauty.

Cathleen passionately uses large format cameras for her work: The expensive Polaroid films, many of which

are out of production, help create the beautiful images that become an homage to classical haute couture. A

book about Cathleens haute couture series is scheduled for publication by Prestel this Spring.

Cathleen Naundorf was born in 1968 in Weißenfels an der Saale, Germany. In the late 1980s she graduated

from photography studies in Munich. She worked as a photo assistant in New York, Singapore and Paris in the

following years, before she started travelling in 1993 to such destinations as Mongolia, Siberia, Gobi Desert

and the Amazonas headwaters in Brazil. The results of these insightful pictures have been included in eight

publications of renowned publishing houses. In 1997, she started photographing for the Süddeutsche Zeitung

with a fashion page of her own, as well as for Glamour and Vogue, for which she was commissioned to take

pictures backstage at the Paris fashion shows. She lives and works in Paris.

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