Cathleen Naundorf

Cathleen Naundorf began her career in haute couture and fashion after meeting Horst P Horst. She works actively with the collections of Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Lacroix, Ellie Saab and Valentino working in large format Polaroid film. Her mise-en-scène are delicate narratives which give character to each ensemble.

Cathleen Naundorf has worked on her Haute Couture series since 2005, concentrating on six couture houses: Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Lacroix, Elie Saab and Valentino.


These black and white gelatin silver prints are created from original large format Polaroids, which Naundorf uses throughout her work. The Polaroid films, many of which are now out of production, help create the beautiful images that become an homage to classical haute couture.


Due to her outstanding initial results, Naundorf was offered the opportunity to choose gowns from the couturiers' archives for her elaborate, cinematic productions. This success is in part due to Naundorf's meticulous approach - she conducts intensive research, creating enchanting handmade journals in order to develop a storyboard: archive photos of couturiers, texts and interviews written by Naundorf and others, as well as sketches of planned photo compositions. She chooses her own models, locations, and hair and make-up designers - all these details are essential to her personal pursuit of transcendent beauty.