Swiss photographer Jean Clemmer gained his fame in France in the 1960’s. His famous collaborations with wild French couturier Paco Rabanne provoked shock and outrage when the photographs were first shown. The images, conceived and carefully styled by Clemmer, depict erotic female nudes “dressed” in Rabanne’s futuristic rhodoid and aluminium metal jewelry, exploring the relationship between the body and adornment. Deemed “unwearable fashion,” the haute couture photographs evoke fantasy and sensuality. Though scandalous at the time, they reflect changing attitudes about sexual freedom in the 1960’s, and were also revolutionary for being some of the first such photography to use black and Asian models. Clemmer and Rabanne published these iconic images in 1969 in the book "Nues." Rabanne’s designs were featured in iconic 1960's films such as "Barbarella" (1968) and worn by stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Francoise Hardy. Clemmer also formed close friendships and artistic collaborations with Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau.
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