Christian Dior Couturier du rêve
Musée des Arts décoratifs
The year 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Dior label. It was in 1947 that Christian Dior presented his first fashion show, marking the birth of a new feminine silhouette. After the austerity of the war years, it presented a cinched waist, generous skirts and soft shoulders to create the flower women who embodied the very image of Parisian luxury. The "New Look" returned Paris to its status as fashion capital of the world and established the Dior name as synonymous with haute couture.
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The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which owns a copy of the famous 1947 Bar suit and presented the "Hommage à Christian Dior" (Tribute to Christian Dior) exhibition in 1987, is celebrating this anniversary by organising a key exhibition using this book as the catalogue.
It shows a selection of 70 silhouettes in detail, created by Christian Dior and his successors – Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. The garments, which were specially photographed for this publication, are accompanied by texts explaining their context, sketches, photographs of fashion shows and work by some of the greatest fashion photographers such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, William Klein, Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh and Nick Knight, among others. The texts tackle the themes that have marked the history of Dior: the notion of the line and architecture of a garment, the relationship between history and art (Versailles and the Petit Trianon, the Second Empire, Impressionism, the Belle Époque, the Russian Ballet, Picasso, Dalí, Pollock, etc.), the distribution of colours, gardens and new horizons as sources of inspiration, and of course, the brand's muses and famous customers (the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Grace of Monaco, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Isabelle Adjani, Princess Diana, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence etc.).
A book offering a magnificent overview of the most emblematic of French couture houses whose iconographic depth will satisfy even the most informed readers.