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August, 1939: A model in Mainbocher's corset being helped into her dress backstage, by LIFE's William Vandivert
August, 1939: The Mainbocher corset, photographed for Harper's Bazaar by George Hoyningen-Huene
August, 1939: Mainbocher's corset, photographed for Harper's Bazaar by Erwin Blumenfeld
August, 1939: A cavalry detachment riding through Paris
August, 1939: Illustrations by René Bouët-Willaumez of the season's new silhouettes: Schiaparelli, Alix and Chanel
August, 1939: One of the new season's hats by Parisian milliner Suzy, photographed for Vogue by Erwin Blumenfeld
August, 1939: Vogue's Edna Woolman Chase, speaking to NBC about the Paris couture openings - by John Rawlings
August, 1939: The front page of 'Le Figaro'
August, 1939: A double-spread of figure exercises, from 'Marie-France' magazine
August, 1939: Parisians gather to read posters announcing the latest round of military call-ups.
August, 1939: A model in Maggy Rouff, photographed for Harper's Bazaar by Georges Hoyningen-Huene
August, 1939: The lobby poster for Abel Gance's musical, 'Louise'
August, 1939: 'That Glued-On Look' - Patou's mermaid dress, photographed for Vogue by André Durst
August, 1939: A deserted Rue de Rivoli
August, 1939: A workman boxing up the Victory of Samothrace, for removal from Paris to the Château de Valençay
August, 1939: The new season's Lanvin silhouettes, drawn for Vogue by René Bouét-Willaumez
August, 1939: A Mainbocher model on the Eiffel Tower, photographed for Harper's Bazaar by George Hoyningen-Huene
August, 1939: Workers packing up the Louvre's treasures, for evacuation to storage sites throughout France.
August, 1939: A model in a Caroline Reboux hat, photographed for L'Officiel by Robert RIgassi
August, 1939: American Vogue editor Edna Woolman Chase with Hattie Carnegie, at the Schiaparelli couture opening.
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