A few days ago we came across this piece, Cacharel and the city, published in The National back in December 2012 on a fashion shoot that took place in Abu Dhabi in 1974 by Jack Burlot. It is a great documentation of not only those lovely Cacharel dresses but also a beautiful record of what were once landmarks in the capital and in a broader sense, a portrayal of life back in the 70’s.
Context of the shoot narrated in the few lines below (source: The National)
Burlot recalls that he met a woman, possibly named Cathy, who was staying at his hotel with a group from Cacharel, the French fashion label that made its mark on the 70s with flowing bohemian dresses and colourful floral Liberty fabrics. “She was coming back from another place, I don’t remember where,” Burlot says. He had the idea of taking her out on an impromptu fashion shoot in the local surroundings. “At this time it was a little bit difficult to do this sort of thing,” he says. Difficult, but not impossible. Burlot’s temporary press card from the Ministry of Information, dated November 28-December 8, 1974, reads “kindly extend all facilities to the Bearer.”
They managed to shoot among fishermen at the port and smiling onlookers at Qasr Al Hosn, the fortified palace that at the time was being used for government offices and was to be renovated two years later. “People were surprised but really nice with us,” Burlot says. “I asked them to be in the photographs. It was very strange for them … but they played the game.”
Images courtesy of The National http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/heritage/in-pictures-cacharel-abu-dhabi-1974-fashion-shoot