Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Thames & Hudson. 2017. 368p. ed. by Florence Müller & . illus. notes. ISBN 9780500021545. $65. DEC ARTS
OrangeReviewStarPublished to coincide with the exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris marking 70 years of the House of Dior, this lavish, oversized volume, coedited by fashion historian Müller and art director Baron, begins with an overview of the fashion house, from its founding by Dior in 1947 and the success of his "New Look" collection, through the subsequent designers at the helm, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. Gorgeous chronological images focus on details of the clothing included in the exhibition, such as the rich embroidery and beading on the 1952 "Palmyre" and "Trianon" gowns and the ornate 1949 tulle and sequined "Junon" gown. Also included are photographs of notable clients such as Princess Margaret, Princess Grace, and Elizabeth Taylor wearing Dior. Smaller reproductions of fashion sketches on a thin tracing-type paper and a time line are nice additions. The only drawback is the small font used for the essays.
VERDICT Visually stunning and beautiful, this is recommended for French fashion and history buffs.

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