“Photography is a reproduction, it’s a revelation,” states Paolo Roversi. His photographs, witnesses to a femininity with a fragile, never static delicacy, attest to this. Born in Italy, he arrived in Paris in 1973, and discovered the work of Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. In 1990, for the first time, he photographed a creation from the House, for the French edition of Vogue: the Rhéa dress worn by the model Mathilde and designed by Gianfranco Ferré, then Creative Director of Dior. From then on, and for the most prestigious magazines, the artist would continue to capture the haute couture pieces designed by Christian Dior and his successors.
Brought together in this book, prefaced by the Italian philosopher Emanuele Coccia, these archives rub shoulders with previously unpublished images unveiled exclusively here.
Through three series of photos, each with the collaboration of a different stylist including the legendary Grace Coddington on whom the photographer called specially, he pays tribute to the founding couturier’s work. He immortalizes his Juno dress, from the autumn-winter 1949 haute couture, and the Voyageur suit from the autumn-winter 1955 season, both of them captured in their eternal modernity in unconventional poses.
Also featured are dresses designed by Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri, today Artistic Director of the women’s collections.
Magnified by Paolo Rovers’s aesthetic, they seem to come alive. Thanks to singular plays of light, shadows and blurring, the line between the body and the surrounds disappears. Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova and Kate Moss, whose faces and silhouettes we meet in this collection, are immersed in this dreamlike world endowing these images with a dose of the magic spirit of Christian Dior.
Dior Images Paolo Roversi, Rizzoli
Published in France on 24 January 2018 and in the US in April 2018