Christian Dior: The Biography
"Christian Dior caused a worldwide sensation in 1947, in a Paris still groping to recover from the devastation of wartime occupation. Reintroducing the flowing, ankle-length skirt, Dior gave women back their long-lost sense of freedom, femininity, and joie de vivre. Diorʼs collection with its pinched waste and generous folds of fabric was dubbed the ʻNew Lookʼ by the press, and he was crowned ʻThe King of Fashionʼ. He immediately re-established Paris as the centre of the fashion world and for the next thirty years the House of Dior played host to aristocracy, stars of stage and film, and glitterati from around the world. The Duchess of Windsor, Olivia de Havilland, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman were just a few of the famous names that graced its corridors. Diorʼs daily inspiration emanated from the world of the intellectual and artistic elite, in which he moved with such people as Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Henry Suguet, Jean Cocteau and Raoul Dufy. With elegance, precision, and impeccable research, Marie-France Pochna recreates this one-of-a-kind world of glamour and situates Diorʼs fairy-tale career in the rich tapestry of Paris cultural life."--Pubisher description.