Portrait of the Duchess of Windsor by François Kollar

  • François Kollar (1904-1979)

  • 27,6 x 21,7 cm
  • 1938
  • Gelatin silver print
  • GALK3389
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Published in Harper’s Bazaar in December  1937, this photograph was taken at the Hôtel Meurice in Paris as part of a magazine report on the Duke of Windsor's new bride. The photographer was François Kollar, a specialist in advertising work and portraits of the leading couturiers of the 1930s. Of a rare elegance, Kollar's fashion photography was marked by a carefully considered balance and sometimes resorted to the solarisations and multiple exposures favoured at the time. The Duchess of Windsor is wearing a glen plaid lamé Mainbocher dress with Cartier clips on the bodice. Her bracelets are by Boucheron. The Palais Galliera has some twenty items from the Duchess's wardrobe.

Notice's author : Sylvie Lécallier