Photo of the house Fred's model

From a Paris fashion houses album

  • Unknown photographer

  • 12 x 9 cm
  • Gift of Madame Ferrant, 1961
  • 1897-1898
  • aristotype
  • GAL2004.658.1
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Cette photo is extracted from an album which presents 85 garment models photographed in Paris fashion houses on store window dummies or worn by live models, saleswomen or couturières. The 27 houses represented include such great names as Redfern, Raudnitz, Druilhe, Fred, Beer and Félix. In some of the images we see the black satin sheath the model is wearing under the dress; this was to distinguish her from the customer, just a chic but enjoying quite different status. Nothing is known of the background to this album: was it assembled for a client wanting to order that season's garments? Or for a buyer in search of new models to choose from? As succinctly documentary as the images themselves, the poses betray no concern with aesthetics, which endows the album with a certain modernity and originality. The photographer is not named, but in one of the images we glimpse a woman's reflection in a mirror.


Notice's author : Sylvie Lécallier