One Dress: Jacques Hiem 1958
'One Dress' Jacques Heims Jeunes Filles 1958: The history, the construction, the cut and the remaking
As my final MA project I worked with Leicestershire Museum Costume Collection and remade and reserarched the history of one of theor dresses. This indebth research of a Jacques Hiem dress was exbibited in book format with a selection of photographs from a collabration with photographer Assunta Del Buono. Just by researching one dress, its significance within the history of off the peg couture was uncovered. This collection holds thousands of dress.
Collaborative Photography Project
The brief; to create imagery which evokes the glamour and staged luxury which epitomised fashion photography within the 1950s, with reference to photographers such as Norman Parkinson, Cecil Beaton and Henry Clarke.
Using a MPP large format camera each shot had to be carefully considered, set up and required a great deal of preparation in loading the film by a skilled photographer. Out of the six photographs taken, three were able to be developed into prints. The very nature of using this type of camera directly impacts on the style of image created. This goes some way in explaining much of the rigid unspontaneous poses seen in fashion photography at this time. Although not all the negatives were able to be used and the images are not in some ways ‘perfect’, some having dust on the negative, each shot does holds a unique clarity and the considered composition in itself has value.
Photographer: Assunta Del Buono
Assistant Photographer: Linda Marchant
Designer/Stylist: Hannah Wroe
Model: Tracy Ryan
Camera: 1955 MPP 5x4” large format
Film: Fuji pro 160NS