‘Jérôme Gautier weaves an engaging narrative’
– Financial Times
‘An inspired narrative of classic and contemporary photographs, together with some exquisite unpublished rarities’
‘This is something to pore over’
‘Exquisite … showcases more than half a century of iconic fashion looks that continue to influence how we dress today’
'One stunning image after another, sharp, elegant, chic and above all, new'
Christian Dior achieved immortality with his first collection in 1947. His ‘New Look’ amazed the world as it emerged after wartime austerity, and reset the boundaries of modern elegance.
Dior’s search for the perfect line and the ideal silhouette has been celebrated by couturiers of the first rank: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano and Raf Simons have all made their distinctive contribution. In these pages, the most beautiful fashion plates from Dior’s own time sit beside examples of the house’s creations from each decade.
The legendary fashion house continues to represent the best taste in couture, honouring the past – as Christian Dior himself did in the 1940s and 1950s – and celebrating the present with undisputed elegance and panache.