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Wildness of haute couture inspires Cathleen Naundorf's Polaroids
Wildness of haute couture inspires Cathleen Naundorf's Polaroids

It was more than beauty and elegant design that drew photographer Cathleen Naundorf deep into the haute couture archives of Chanel, Dior and Gaultier. There was a wildness to the pieces that she rarely saw in the larger fashion world. "Haute couture is still the last freedom for designers," says the German-born Naundorf, who has photographed the hand-made clothing for nearly a decade. "They can do something crazy. It's not about selling. I like craziness." Naundorf photographs these one-of-a-kind designs in large-format Polaroids, carefully composed in black-and-white and pastels. A vivid selection of the pictures can be seen in her first Los Angeles...

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