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And Dior created Victoire

— Author Victoire Doutreleau — Publisher Cherche Midi — Presentation She was unknown; she had the cheeky grace of young women from Saint-Germain-des-Prés. He was the master of fashion. Christian Dior took a long look at her:"You'll be a model," he said, "and I'm calling you Victoire. "

And so began the career of the woman who would become the star model of the fifties. Through the most famous couture house in Paris – and therefore the world, as the City of Light was the capital of fashion, she accompanied the constant stream of well-known figures, from Princess Margaret to the Empress of Japan. She discovered the frenzy of Parisian nightlife with her partners in crime, two twentysomething unknowns called Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. She learned to contend with women's jealousy, men's desire and the pitfalls of fame...

As she looks back and remembers, Victoire Doutreleau takes us behind the scenes of the golden age of haute couture. A world in which excess, folly, merriment, talent, glory and injury meet...

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