50 Gorgeous Fashion Photos From the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s

Willy Maywald (1907-1985) was a German photographer who grew up in Kleve and attended art school from 1928 to 1931. He moved to Paris in 1931 and was active there through the 1930s. He documented daily life in the streets, cafes, the interiors of the artist’s studios and workshops of Montparnasse and the construction of the l’Exposition Universelle of 1937. From 1942-1946 he worked as a portrait photographer in Switzerland and later returned to Paris where he concentrated on fashion and celebrity photography.

Maywald worked for the fashion designers Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain, Jacques Fath and Jeanne Paquin. His recordings were for discreet elegance and were caused in part or in luxurious interiors of expensive luxury cars, but also partly in the open, in the streets and cafes of Paris or, for example, before the window of an antique book. His photos were published in magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

(Photos by Willy Maywald)

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