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Museu Nacional do Traje, Lisboa : Living your life, Georges Dambier and fashion


Considering that fashion and photography are a privileged means of reflection on time and memory, the exhibition Vivre sa vie, Georges Dambier et la mode presents the singular vision of the photographer in the context of Parisian haute couture in the 1950s. The universe of haute couture, magazines and fashion photography usually feature the woman-object. Far from this stereotype, the gaze of Georges Dambier (1925-2011) reveals women who are certainly beautiful and sophisticated, but also free, sure of themselves, dynamic, happy, spontaneous, sometimes melancholy. Anna Karina, Barbara Mullen, Bettina, Brigitte Bardot, Capucine, Dorian Leigh, Fiona Campbell-Walter, Françoise Dambier, Gigi, Gunilla, Ivy Nicholson, Karen Blanguernon, Marie-Hélène Arnaud, Nina, Suzy Parker, Sophie Litvak are the women who animate the thirty-nine pictures selected of Georges Dambier , divided around six themes: Couture spirit; A Woman in the City; Scenario: fashion photography revealed; Real and surreal: fashion photography, a universe between dream and reality; Invitation to travel: fashion in the world according to Georges Dambier; Portugal, 1957.

Commissaire : Anabela Becho


Vivre sa vie, Georges Dambier et la mode
May 6 – Oct 30, 2022
Museu Nacional do Traje, Lisboa
Largo Júlio Castilho, 1600-483 Lisboa, Portugal


The photography of Georges Dambier (1925-2011) depicts actualized haute couture, seen through the prism of deeply modern fashion. Dambier’s register is contemporary in the true sense of the term, it is made in the present, in his present. In the work of this French photographer, time and memory mingle with Parisian couture and its tradition, to feed the memory of an important register of one of the golden ages in the history of fashion. Enriched with unpublished essays and photographs, this book presents the completely unique photographic work of Georges Dambier from an equally original perspective, highlighting his link with the fashion culture of the 1950s.

Author and scientific coordinator: Anabela Becho
Invited authors: Guillaume Dambier, Julia Guillon, Pedro Augusto, Sylvie Roy
Design: Bloodymary & Braun
Object Photography: Pedro Rosário Nunes
Edition: Direção-Geral do Património Cultural / Museu Nacional do Traje
1st edition, 2022
No. of pages: 250
Number of images: 123
Images: Georges Dambier Photos; National Museum of Traje; Diktats bookstore; Dior Heritage; Balmain heritage; Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris; Colecção Anabela Becho

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