Mark Shaw is best known for his photographs of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy, which he shot originally for LIFE magazine and later as the Kennedys’ “unofficial” family photographer. He developed a strong friendship with JFK and Jackie and regularly visited the White House during their time there. But Mark Shaw was first and foremost a Fashion and Advertising photographer whose freelance assignments for LIFE magazine had him photographing some of the most notable celebrities of the 1950′s.
This collection of Mark Shaw’s fashion images, taken at the House of Dior between 1952 and 1962, is the first book showcasing Mark Shaw’s extensive fashion photography for LIFE and other magazines throughout the 1950s. It is available at Liz O’Brien Gallery in NYC and we are snapping them up like crazy for our clients. Not only is the fashion amazing, but the interiors are pretty fabulous as well! We plan to use the first image in a beautiful powder room in Old Greenwich in a home that Marks & Frantz renovated and decorated from head to toe in 2013.
Dior Theatre de France 1960
Photographed in 1953 at the French country estate, Corbeville, Jane Sprague models a ball gown by Fath.
Sophie Malgat wears Dior in Dior’s Passy Home, 1953. Sophie Malgat in Gray Chiffon Dior in Dior’s Paris Home
Ghislaine Lounges in Elsa Schiaparelli’s Home
A velvet dinner dress by Chanel photographed in the vine hung Paris courtyard, Cour de Rohan, in 1955
Please join us tomorrow at the D&D for a talk: “From Set and Screen to Living Room: The Set Decorator and the Interior Designer.” I will be on a panel discussion with Cathy Whitlock, film historian, designer Marshall Watson (his line at Lewis Mittman has graced the sets of the new Katie Couric show). and Ann Maine, editor in chief of Traditional Home, will be the moderator. For more information and the address, click here.
Cathy Whitlock will be speaking at the Art and Antique Dealers League Show at the Park Avenue Armory this Friday, May 4th from 3-4pm. Her lecture will cover a century of cinematic set decoration, featuring highlights from every decade of Hollywood history. A slide presentation will show photographs, behind-the-scene images and designer sketches of sets from Top Hat, The Fountainhead, Gone With the Wind, The Age of Innocence, Something’s Gotta Give-and many more!
I am really looking forward to the lecture – although I have been a big fan of the book since it was published, I have not had the opportunity to hear Cathy speak in person! I admit, I might be partial – the book features a film that I was the set decorator for: Devil Wears Prada.
Cathy Whitlock’s book Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction (Harper Collins, November, 2010) represents the marriage of her two passions-design and cinema. She is also a contributing writer for Traditional Home magazine and The Huffington Post, and features editor for Array Magazine. Cathy writes the blog Cinema Style, which chronicles trends and inspirations in film, reaches 70 countries, was named one of the Top Ten Best Design Blogs of 2010 by Fox News. A graduate of Parsons School of Design and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Cathy has more than 24 years of experience in the interior design industry and has had practices in New York, Chicago, Memphis and Nashville.
Cinema Style (a blog that I love) had a great post yesterday: When Worlds Collide: Fashion and Film. The post discusses how the influence of celebrity can affect our purchasing choices. Specifically, moving beyond celebrity endorsements, how celebrity partnerships and inspirations actually may guide this market. Check out the article and while you are there take the time to look around. There are a lot of excellent posts to read if you are interested in film design.
At Marks & Frantz we are always interested in these intersecting worlds and try to foster these collaborations in our own work as much as possible. Our redesign of the Top of the Strand, the rooftop bar at the Strand Hotel in New York City, was a creative partnership with Trina Turk for Schumacher and the set decoration for the films Sex and the City and Devil Wears Prada were chock full of fashion/design/furniture crossovers.
Sex and the City 2 was included in Cathy Whitlock’s list of unforgettable movie interiors on Apartment Therapy. Very exciting for us! The list is a great conversation starter as well. Bring it up at your next cocktail party and let the film/design debates begin!! Read the post here.
I was so excited to see that Miranda Priestly’s office in The Devil Wears Prada was chosen by Elle Decor as one of their top ten favorite movie set designs from Cathy Whitlock’s new book Designs on Film. What an honor! It was the first film that I decorated alongside the very talented Jess Gonchor. Going out to buy the book today!!
You can also read more of Cathy’s writings about film design and trends on her blog http://wwwcinemastyle.blogspot.com/.