Christian Dior ; couturier du rêve
Under the supervision of Fabien Baron
Photograph : Nicholas Alan Cope
Weight : 3 200 g
Texts of Beatrice Behlen, Laurence Benaïm, Frédéric Bourdelier, Denis Bruna, Marie-Sophie Carron de la Carrière, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Maria Luisa Frisa, Alexander Fury, Olivier Gabet, Jérôme Gautier, Jérôme Hanover, Alix d'Hautefeuille, Vincent Leret, Patrick Mauriès, Florence Müller, Morgane Paulissen, Éric Pujalet-Plaà, Olivier Saillard, Philippe Thiébaut.
The year 2017 is the 70th anniversary of the creation of the house of Dior. It was in 1947 that Christian Dior presented his first fashion show, marking the birth of a new feminine silhouette: after the austerity of the war years, the cinched waist, full skirts and soft shoulders drew flower-women who then embodied the very image of Parisian luxury. The "New Look" reestablished Paris as the capital of fashion and established the name Dior as synonymous with haute couture. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which owns a copy of the famous 1947 Tailleur Bar and had already presented an exhibition "Homage to Christian Dior" in 1987, is celebrating this anniversary with a landmark exhibition of which this book is the catalog.
It shows in detail a selection of 70 silhouettes created by Christian Dior and his successors Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and most recently Maria Grazia Chiuri. Specially photographed for this book, these clothes are accompanied by texts placing them in context, sketches, photographs of fashion shows and achievements of the greatest fashion photographers, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, William Klein, Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Nick Knight ...
The texts address the themes that have marked the history of the house: the notion of line and architecture of clothing, the relationship to history and art (Versailles and the Petit Trianon, the Second Empire, Impressionism, the Belle Époque, the Ballets Russes, Picasso, Dalì, Pollock... ), the deployment of colors, gardens and elsewhere as sources of inspiration, and of course the muses and famous customers of the brand (the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Grace of Monaco, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Isabelle Adjani, Lady Diana, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence ...). A book that offers a magnificent synthesis on the most emblematic of French fashion houses and whose rich iconography will satisfy the most informed readers.