Dior

Dior by Dior
by Christian Dior

Christian Dior (1905-1957) rocketed to fame with his first collection in 1947 when the “New Look” took the world by storm. This charming and modest autobiography gives a fascinating and detailed insight into the workings of a great fashion house, while revealing the private man behind the high-profile establishment. It is also a unique portrait of classic Paris haute couture of the 1950s and offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes. Dior details his childhood in Granville, the family and friends closest to him, his most difficult years and sudden success, as well as his sources of inspiration and creative processes.

Christian Dior
by Marie France Pochna

Dior’s career, a veritable fairy tale, is set in a rich tapestry of Paris cultural life before, during, and after the war. Much of Dior’s daily inspiration emanated from the world of the intellectual and artistic elite, in which be moved with such people as Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Henry Sauguet, Jean Cocteau, and Raoul Dufy.
Born at the end of an era in which luxury seemed reserved only for the happy few, Dior again revolutionized the world of fashion by introducing, in the early 1950s, “ready-to-wear” in his Dior Boutique. Until then, couturiers had worked essentially if not exclusively for the very rich and famous. With his boutique, Dior brought high fashion to the world at large.
Marie-France Pochna guides us skillfully through the constellation of Paris high-fashion luminaries: Lanvin, Balenciaga, Lelong, Hermes, Givenchy, and Jacques Fath. Rivalries and gossip might have divided the fiefdoms, but absolute perfection in design and high standards of fashion united the Paris “family” of haute couture. From 1947, when the House of Dior was established on Avenue Montaigne near the Champs Elysees and burst upon the scene following its first collection, we follow the Duchess of Windsor, Olivia de Havilland, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and many more society celebrities and film stars – all Dior clients – to their fitting rooms.

Christian Dior and I
by Christian Dior

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Dior by Christian Dior
by Olivier Saillard

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the house of Dior comes the first volume in a series devoted to each designer of the couture house. Dior by Christian Dior is the ultimate compendium of the most iconic designs conceived by Christian Dior. Featuring a wealth of stunning photographs by Laziz Hamani and lovingly detailed text by Muse e Galliera director Olivier Saillard, this monumental volume encompasses a curated selection of Christian Dior’s most important haute couture creations. AUTHOR: Director of the Palais Galliera in Paris since 2010, Olivier Saillard is a recognized fashion historian who has curated several innovative fashion exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Madame Grès: Couture at Work (Musée Bourdelle, 2011), an Azzedine Alaïa retrospective (Palais Galliera, 2013), Comme des Garçons: White Drama (Les Docks, 2012), and Cristóbal Balenciaga: Fashion Collector (Les Docks, 2012). As a live performance director, he staged The Impossible Wardrobe in collaboration with British actress Tilda Swinton at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2012), then Eternity Dress (2013), and Cloakroom (2014) at the Palais Galliera. In 2015, his show Models Never Talk, featuring seven former fashion models reminiscing about their careers, was presented at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York. Most recently he curated the exhibition Louis Vuitton: Voguez, Volez, Voyagez at the Grand Palais in Paris (2016).

Dior
by Laurence Benaïm

The Dior Bar suit is one of the most influential designs in the history of fashion. On February 12, 1947, Christian Dior presented this voluminous skirt combined with a jacket featuring a tiny waist, a pronounced bust, and enhanced hips in his first collection in the salons of 30 Avenue Montaigne. After the show, the editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Carmel Snow, exclaimed: “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian! Your dresses have such a new look!” The phrase made headlines.
Dior’s New Look transformed the zeitgeist of a postwar France and heralded a storied career for his label. The New Look was an immediate sensation, and everyone wanted to wear the silhouette that Dior was later to describe as “the return to an ideal of civilized happiness.” Almost seven decades after its creation, the New Look revolution and its spirit continue to inspire the House of Dior.

Published to accompany the Dior: The New Look Revolution exhibition at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France, this stunning volume presents a rare collection of images that illustrate the Bar suit, from the initial sketches drawn by Christian Dior to the sartorial perfection of the completed outfit, as well as the many versions it has inspired. From Yves Saint Laurent to Raf Simons, season after season, the designers of Dior have interpreted the legendary curves of the Bar suit, dreaming up bustier versions, designing it in woolen denim, or adorning it with masculine prints. With exquisite photography and insightful text surveying over sixty years of Dior’s sublime reinvention, this book is a must-have for followers and students of fashion.


The Little Dictionary of Fashion
by Christian Dior

This is the bestselling fashion classic now available in cloth-bound special edition. Illustrated with delightful photographs and drawings, this beautiful book is the perfect gift for both the style-conscious and the desperately in need! Christian Dior reveals the secrets of style in his indispensable guide that covers everything from what to wear to a wedding and how to tie a scarf to how to walk with grace.

Dior
by Murielle Teodori

An elegant volume that explores Dior’s long history of creativity, beauty, and success through a celebration of one of our most profound emotions.

“Women, with their ever-sharp instincts, understood that I not only wanted to make them more beautiful, but happier too.” –Christian Dior

Since 1947, through its haute couture and fragrance collections, the House of Dior has enhanced the lives of women by bringing them moments of resplendent beauty. On the radiant faces of Dior’s models and muses, and through the exuberance of its creative studios and runway shows, joy shines like a bouquet of fireworks and luminous smiles. Through this emblematic selection of iconic illustrations and behind-the-scenes images from fashion shows and workshops, this beautifully crafted volume traces Dior’s recurring themes of creativity, the inspiration of nature, friendship, and success. Drawing from Dior’s own archives and from those of fashion’s greatest photographers, the book presents privileged moments graced by the women and men of Dior who express the house’s eternal joie de vivre.

An inspiring text drawing from literature, philosophy, and Dior’s creative history, celebrates the many facets of an exalted state of being, providing the unique perspective that resides at the heart of this beautiful book.


Dior
by Marie-France Pochna

Postwar Paris seemed at last to have its lights turned on again in February, 1947 when the mild-mannered, forty-two-year-old Christian Dior (1905-1957) presented his first collection to a Europe still cold, dark, hungry, and threatened with Soviet invasion. As his models came down the runway-their waists cinched, their busts neatly pointed above bone-stiffened bodices, their calf-length skirts full and flaring, their heads fetchingly coiffed in ‘coolie’ hats-they seemed to sweep the air clean of defeat and depression. Dior, born into a middle-class Norman family, had abandoned studies in political science first to study music and then to run an art gallery. When the latter failed he turned to his talent for fashion sketches and began selling to the Paris newspapers. In 1938 Dior joined the fashion house of Robert Piguet and in 1940 that of Lucien Lelong, where he worked until the cotton magnate Marcel Boussae staked him to his own house and the historic collection of 1947. Over the next decade Dior introduced such landmark features as mink stolls, two-strand pearl chokers, cart-wheel hats, barrel coats, the A-line and the chemise or sack dress. But it was his elegant silhouette and sculptured structures that influenced a generation of women and designers. Dior was the first French couture house to establish its own company on New York’s Seventh Avenue and cater directly to the American market. This beautifully illustrated book brings alive a great adventure, a period of dazzling rebirth led by Christian Dior, the modest, unassuming genius.

Dior
by Farid Chenoune

2007 marks the sixtieth anniversary of Christian Dior’s revolutionary ‘New Look’. This sumptuous volume charts the fashion house’s history since that groundbreaking collection, with original photography and perceptive texts that track the output of each of the iconic company’s couturiers, from Christian Dior himself through Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and Gianfranco Ferré to John Galliano. The book is enlivened throughout by press reviews and photographs of such celebrity models as Bettina, Suzy Parker and Kate Moss, each immortalized in Dior by the top fashion photographers of the time, from Richard Avedon to Nick Knight.


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