Christian Dior. Designer of dreams
Texts by 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, Jerome Hanover, Alix d'Hautefeuille, Vincent Leret , Patrick Mauriès, Florence Muller, Morgane Paulissen, Éric Pujalet-Plaà, Olivier Saillard, Philippe Thiébaut.
Photographs by Nicholas Alan Cope.Graphics: Baron & Baron
Catalog of the exhibition
Hardcover full canvas
The year 2017 is the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Dior house. It was in 1947 that Christian Dior presented his first parade, marking the birth of a new female silhouette: after the austerity of the war years, the arched waist, wide skirts and soft shoulders draw women-flowers who embody then the very image of Parisian luxury. The "New Look" puts Paris back as the capital of fashion and establishes the name of Dior as synonymous with haute couture.
The Museum of Decorative Arts, which has a copy of the famous Tailleur Bar of 1947 and had already presented, in 1987, an exhibition "Tribute to Christian Dior", celebrates this anniversary by organizing a flagship 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 Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simons and most recently Maria Grazia Chiuri. Specially photographed for this work, these clothes are accompanied by texts situating 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 clients 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 of the most emblematic of French fashion houses and whose iconographic richness will satisfy the most discerning readers.