Because Who Doesn't Want To See Photos From Paris Couture In The '50s?

Calling fashion historians and old souls alike: There's a new photography exhibit that was made just for you. Running now through September 3 in Paris, the Mark Shaw, Paris Haute Couture retrospective features never-before-seen images of behind-the-scenes magic at couture fashion week during the 1950s and 1960s. Taken during a tumultuous era of France's history, the photos are some of the only fashion pictures to come out of the war period.

Shaw, known for his photographs of celebrities, editorials in fashion magazines like Harper's Bazaar and Mademoiselle, and of the Kennedy family, was the first photographer to use color in his pictures of fashion shows. The photos in the exhibition, of which there are more than 50 (including a film), serve as an illustrative history of French fashion, and notably, Parisian couture. There's your typical backstage chaos, with a little bit of glitz and a whole lot of glam mixed in. Because, lest we forget to say it (yet again) for the people in the back: fashion is art.

Before his untimely death in 1969, Shaw would go on to profile many industry legends through his lens: Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, model Suzy Parker, and more. Even though most of his fashion photography has been missing for many years, his snapshots of the couture shows in Paris are some of his most intimate, as he favored working with as little equipment as possible. They just don't make them like they used to, do they? Click through to see some of our favorite images from the exhibition, and if you can make it to Paris within the next few weeks, be sure to take in the experience at Galerie MR14 for yourself.

Photo: © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com, 1954.
Models prepare for their walk through the salon.
Photo: © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com, 1954.
Not a blogger in sight.
Photo: © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com, 1960.
Very seldom did Shaw step in front of the camera, but when he did, it looked a little something like this.
Photo: © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com, 1954.
Finishing touches are put on Victoire Doutreleau, a muse of monsieur Christian Dior, moments before taking her turn on the catwalk.
Photo: © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com, 1961.
Another muse of Dior, Kouka Denis models the Hyménée wedding dress. Denis was one of the few faces that exemplified the brand's New Look.
Photo: © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com, 1954.
A moment of stillness among the hustle and bustle.
Photo: © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com, 1953.
Buyers inspect a Dior dress before submitting their orders for the season.
Photo: © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com, 1954.
Just FYI, this is what runway photography used to look like. No blurry iPhone pics allowed.
Photo: © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com, 1958.
A mask by Yves Saint Laurent made under his tutelage at Dior.