During WWII, the French fashion industry staged an exhibition featuring the works of the major French designers of the day. The purpose of the exhibit was to show the world that the French spirit battled on.

The exhibit featured 230 dolls clothed in couture works of designers such as Lanvin, Schiaparelli, and Balmain. A resounding success, the exhibit travelled around the world, but the dolls disappeared shortly after.

Until 1990. When the dolls were rediscovered and returned to Paris.

Photographer David Seidner captured the amazing creativity of French fashion with a fresh nudge, nudge, wink, wink. His photographs are currently on display at the International Center of Photography in NYC.

Balenciaga, 1990

Lucien Lelong, 1990

Marcel Dhorme, 1990

And my favorite…

Jean Patou “Fleurs de Mal”, 1990

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