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2 posts tagged "Jacques Fath"

Willy Maywald’s Topped Shots

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Perhaps best known for serving as Christian Dior’s house photographer, the late Willy Maywald documented French couture and culture with unfussy black-and-white photographs from the 1930s through the 1980s. He had a particular affinity for capturing hats, and WWD reports that on April 6, the Atelier-Musée du Chapeau (a felt-hat plant turned museum in France’s Chazelles-sur-Lyon) will celebrate his talent with Willy Maywald, Hommage aux Chapeaux 1936-1968. The show will feature Maywald photographs of toppers by the likes of Madame Paulette, Jacques Heim, Jacques Fath, and, of course, Christian Dior.

Willy Maywald, Hommage aux Chapeaux 1936-1968, will be on view from April 6 through September 15 at the Atelier-Musée du Chapeau.

Photo: Willy Maywald, 1951 via Pinterest 

Keeping The Fath

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The name Jacques Fath doesn’t ring as familiar as that of some of his contemporaries, Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain. But the couturier, who founded his namesake house in 1937 (it closed following the designer’s untimely death from leukemia in 1954), was considered one of the most influential of the post-war French designers, with an enviable client base—including Rita Hayworth, who wore a Fath gown to her wedding—and a few Hollywood gigs. (He designed costumes for Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Red Shoes, and the revered French noir Quai des Orfèvres.)

But Fath is on the rise again, much like the revived couture houses of Worth and Paquin, which are stirring to life in Paris. Fath is relaunching in the U.S. under the direction of Laurence Dumenil, whose first full line of accessories debuts for Spring ’11. Before that, though, a capsule collection, inspired by the house archives: Hand-made in a family-owned factory in Angers, France, styles like the Fidelity—pictured, and coming soon to L.A.’s Satine—hint at the label’s luxurious taste. It could very well find an appreciative audience again.

Photo: Courtesy of Jacques Fath