Celia Hammond and Pattie Boyd in Pierre Cardin Helmets, Photographed by John French, 1965

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John French (1907–1966) was an English fashion and portrait photographer. Born in London, French was instrumental in recording the fashion boom of his home city in the 1950s and ’60s, photographing all the most famous faces of his day.

Known for his impeccably lit, chic set-ups, French encouraged newspaper editors to cover fashion in their pages, and worked to create low-contrast images with natural lighting that could be reliably reproduced in newsprint. His archive of negatives, contact prints and press cuttings, the result of over 10,000 sittings, is held at the V&A.

Pattie Boyd and Celia Hammond wearing two capsule line feathered helmets.

Celia Hammond and Pattie Boyd wearing two capsule line felt helmets with dots and moons designed by Edward Mann.

Celia Hammond and Pattie Boyd wearing two capsule line felt helmets with dots and moons designed by Edward Mann.

(Photos by John French)

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