Compiled and edited by Valerie D Mendes, with the assistance of Lynn Szygenda, in collaboration with Vere French. Foreword by Roy Strong and introduction by Snowdon.
Victoria and Albert Museum. London. 1984. First edition. Paperback; illustrated wrappers. Original flyer loosely inserted. 175 pages. Over 100 b&w full-page illustrations. English. 280 x 220mm. 0.8kg. 9780905209975. Very good; light shelf wear to wrappers, light vertical crease to front wrapper, repaired tear to base of spine.
This is the only book on the fashion photographer John French and was published to coincide with an exhibition of his work at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition was based upon French's archive, which had been donated to the V&A by his widow, Vere French. The catalogue includes a chronology, recollections by those who worked with him, a bibliography and a collection of French's photographs. The photographs reflect the understated elegance and glamour of the New Look and feature clothes designed in both London and Paris. Designers featured include Barbara Goalen, Dior, Jacques Fath, Anne Gunning, Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, Nina Ricci, John Cavanagh, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Mary Quant, Madame Paulette, Barbara Hulanicki and Andre Courreges.