Mark Shaw was one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century, famed for intimate studies of the Kennedys and nearly 30 Life magazine covers. After Shaw's untimely death in 1969, his work lay untouched for nearly three decades. When his son, David Shaw, took possession, it was a treasure trove. They found thousands of rolls of film, including many never-published photos for the fashion house Dior. The images are featured in a new book "Dior Glamour,"photography by Mark Shaw, and are available for sale from the online luxury marketplace 1stdibs.com.
Featuring Dior Autumn-Winter 1957 haute couture line. Shaw, a notorious charmer, knew how to get models to relax. This image taken in the Bois de Boulogne on a tram captured his vision of "Gay Paris" - a capitol that he personally loved and wanted to show was filled with elegant, well-turned-out women.
American designer John Moore and Mattie Talmack at the House of Dior in 1954, Talmack explains the significance of Dior's new H Line "flat" look as viewed on model Odile. Moore went on to design Marilyn Monroe's wedding dress when she married Arthur Miller in 1956.
When Christian Dior hired Victoire, he injected a youthful zest to his coterie of models. Armed with a sensual and sassy attitude, the 19-year-old Parisian was short and curvy, and within two seasons became Dior's new star.
Standing on a ladder to take this picture, Mark Shaw tried to encourage the couturier to place his hand on the model's famous bosom. "Being chaste, Monsieur Dior chose to touch my necklace instead," the model recalls.
Smoking model in a Christian Dior day suit captured in the Paris Hotel Particulier of Alec and Francine Weisweiler in 1960. This image, shot by Mark Shaw for Life magazine, was an outtake from an article published that year.
1959 Novia dress, Spring-Summer 1959 Haute Couture collection, Longue line. Within her first season at Dior, the Argentinean-born Kouka became a star.
Initially used by Yves Saint Laurent for his premier collection - "I was his muse," she said - few could forget her dramatic appearance. First, there were her wide Latin eyes enhanced by her Soeurs Carita style bob, and then there was the Kouka catwalk performance that consisted of walking with thrust-out hips.