dior the legendary images

— Authors Florence Müller, Sylvie Lécallier, Barbara Jeauffroy-Mairet, Brigitte Richart, Farid Chenoune — Publisher Rizzoli — Presentation This catalogue is published to accompany the exhibition Dior, the Legendary Images, presented from May to September 2014 at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, Normandy, and designed around the passionate dialogue between Dior and legendary photographers. Photography contributed to Dior’s worldwide success from the moment the house was founded. On February 12, 1947, American photographer Pat English documented Christian Dior’s first collection, presented in the salons of 30 avenue Montaigne. Published in Life magazine, these pictures—believed to be the only existing photographs of this collection—showed the world that a “flower woman” had bloomed in Paris, born from the couturier’s visionary genius: a cinched-in waist, rounded shoulders, an elegant silhouette with voluminous fabric. The press was in its golden age and the New Look was gaining momentum, inspiring the words of journalists everywhere. The Dior style has continued to fascinate every generation of photographers since.

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