In honor of the centenary of photographer André Ostier (1906-1994), the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent presented a selection of his most beautiful photographs celebrating a universe of creativity as well as life in Paris.
A true Parisian, André Ostier was a perceptive chronicler who captured the vision and the world of creators in the fields of art (Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon and David Hockney), literature (Simone de Beauvoir, Truman Capote, Jean Genet, Paul Valéry and Tennessee Williams) and fashion (Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent).
Ostier immortalized the ephemeral splendour of the great post-war parties, where masks and disguises often contributed to the fairy world ambiance. As in times past, the legendary characters of Parisian society, notably the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marie-Laure de Noailles, Carlos de Beistegui, Jacqueline de Ribes, Barbara Hutton and Alexis de Redé, gathered together to fete a new elegance.
Curators Thomas Michael Gunther and Christian Caujolle
Set designer Christophe Martin
Exhibition catalogue, 10€