November 26, 2020

Dior Milestone: Christian Dior in Print

Christian Dior’s legacy — and that of the designers who succeeded him at the helm of the house he founded in 1947 — has inspired numerous books.
There is no facet of the couturier’s life and work that hasn’t been examined. Celebrated photographers such as Richard Avedon captured his work through the bold personalities of the women who wore his clothes from the Forties to the Seventies.
Artists such as Mats Gustafson have illustrated some of the brand’s most recognizable pieces, from Raf Simons’ interpretation of the Bar jacket to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s sold out logo kitten heels.
Most recently, to mark the house’s 70th anniversary, Maison Assouline began releasing a series of monographs devoted to each of the seven designers who have held the reins at Christian Dior.
The first book, which is dedicated to Christian Dior and was released last December, tells the couturier’s story through images of pieces he designed during his tenure, from 1947 to 1957.
Spanning 504 pages, the book features still images of the archival designs shot by Laziz Hamani, including the first Bar jacket created by Dior, the Caprice dress and a series of standout gowns.
“A ballgown is your dream, and it must make you a dream,” is among

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