Peter Lindbergh

Peter Lindbergh, the street photographer



Peter Lindbergh Dior New York Times Square

Sorry to be a Peter Lindbergh bore but this new photo book looks like a total gem.

Only Lindbergh could persuade Dior to ship 80-odd couture outfits from its temperature-controlled Paris vaults to the streets of New York. The grimy streets of Times Square no less, where Lindbergh and his team shot his favourite supermodels street photographer style, sans the OTT hair and make-up that would normally accompany such finery on the runway for his book, Dior by Peter Lindbergh.

Peter Lindbergh Dior New York Times Square

The outfits span the 70-year Dior archive, from hand-sewn constructions by Christian Dior himself, to recent creations by Maria Grazia Chiuri. In the spirit of 1950s couture editorial photography, the contrast of the elegant gowns against the grit of the street is as bold as ever. I’m intrigued by the shot of Alek Wek, above. That looks like it *could* be an original Dior bar jacket, but I’m wincing for the stylist whose neck would be on the block should there be the slightest tear in the wasp waist, or trace of foundation on the collar.

If you’re a lover of the street photographer greats and Lindbergh, then this will likely appeal. It comes cloth bound in a double volume, the second volume being a collection of Lindbergh’s editorial photography of Dior clothing over the years. Not so interesting to me as the street photography volume, but a fantastic package overall.

Dior by Peter Lindbergh is £150 and will be available from Taschen any day now. Pre-order here* and watch the video here.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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