Christian Dior: The Man who Made the World Look New

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Arcade Publishing, 1996 - Crafts & Hobbies - 314 pages
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Dior's career, a veritable fairy tale, is set in a rich tapestry of Paris cultural life before, during, and after the war. Much of Dior's daily inspiration emanated from the world of the intellectual and artistic elite, in which be moved with such people as Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Henry Sauguet, Jean Cocteau, and Raoul Dufy.
Born at the end of an era in which luxury seemed reserved only for the happy few, Dior again revolutionized the world of fashion by introducing, in the early 1950s, "ready-to-wear" in his Dior Boutique. Until then, couturiers had worked essentially if not exclusively for the very rich and famous. With his boutique, Dior brought high fashion to the world at large.
Marie-France Pochna guides us skillfully through the constellation of Paris high-fashion luminaries: Lanvin, Balenciaga, Lelong, Hermes, Givenchy, and Jacques Fath. Rivalries and gossip might have divided the fiefdoms, but absolute perfection in design and high standards of fashion united the Paris "family" of haute couture. From 1947, when the House of Dior was established on Avenue Montaigne near the Champs Elysees and burst upon the scene following its first collection, we follow the Duchess of Windsor, Olivia de Havilland, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and many more society celebrities and film stars - all Dior clients - to their fitting rooms.
 

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Gone are the days when a single fashion designer's dictate could evoke as much adulation--and condemnation--as did Dior's tiny-waisted, bouffant-skirted New Look in 1947. Almost single-handedly, Dior ... Read full review

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Contents

Les Enfants terribles Les Parents terribles
17
Passage to Freedom
31
The Shattered Mirror
46
War Peace and Revelation
67
Lucky Star
85
The Stage Door
99
Happy Days
131
The Reluctant Hero
148
The American Love Affair
175
A Wealth of Treasures
205
Smiling Gowns
226
Racing for Time
249
Dressing the Angels
274
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