The revolutionary fashions of the 1960s have been proven timeless. This collection presents rare vintage photographs featuring the stars of an era that gave us Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, Twiggy, Paco Rabanne and Brigitte Bardot. In these iconic original vintage photographs by Jean Clemmer and Sam Levin, themes of fantasy, sensuality are explored through haute couture in 1960s Paris. The utopian dreams of an era are captured beautifully, exploring the realms of science fiction and fantasy. Erotic images of models as muse for French couturier Paco Rabanne's famed futuristic rhodoid and aluminium chain-mail jewellery, the photographs were both styled and created by Clemmer. Depicting nude female models 'dressed' in Rabanne's 'unwearable' fashions, these photographs epitomise the radical culture of sexual freedom of the 1960s at its apex in 1969. An exploration of the rituals of interplay between the female body and adornment, Clemmer expressed the ornamented human form as vehicle for sensuality, spectacle and pleasure through both performance and static pose. Capturing the essence of a lost era, these rare original vintage and limited edition contemporary prints offer a unique opportunity to acquire some of the most innovative images of the 1960s.
Sam Levin's photographs are amongst the most iconic ever taken of Bardot. He contributed perhaps more than any other photographer to Bardot's early imaging as a 'sex kitten' with his sensual, risque images. A master of studio portraiture, Sam Levin began his career in the 1930s photographing the stars of French cinema like Simone Signoret and Jean Gabin. He became very well-known for his highly posed portraits characterized by dramatic lighting. With Brigitte Bardot as his model however, Levin found a new energy and vitality in his portraiture. Inspired by this young and vivacious star, Levin broke with many of the traditions and conventions of post-war cinema portraiture to create a series of images that encapsulate the spirit of the 1960s woman.