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Book Review: 70 Years of Dior By Christian Dior
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Book Review: 70 Years of Dior By Christian Dior

Book Review: 70 Years of Dior By Christian Dior – In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the house of Dior comes the first volume in a series devoted to each designer of the couture house. Dior by Christian Dior is the ultimate compendium of the most iconic haute couture designs conceived by Christian Dior. Carefully conserved in the world’s great museums and institutions, these fashion treasures have been photographed and exclusively compiled for this indispensable collection. Director of the Palais Galliera in Paris since 2010, Olivier Saillard is a recognized fashion historian who has curated several innovative fashion exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Madame Grès: Couture at Work (Musée Bourdelle, 2011), an Azzedine Alaïa retrospective (Palais Galliera, 2013), Comme des Garçons: White Drama (Les Docks, 2012), and Cristóbal Balenciaga: Fashion Collector (Les Docks, 2012). As a live performance director, he staged The Impossible Wardrobe in collaboration with British actress Tilda Swinton at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2012), then Eternity Dress (2013), and Cloakroom (2014) at the Palais Galliera. In 2015, his show Models Never Talk, featuring seven former fashion models reminiscing about their careers, was presented at the French Institute Alliance Française in New…

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Book Review La Collection Privée Christian Dior
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Book Review: La Collection Privée Christian Dior

See also: Book review: Carrier and Company – Positively Chic La Collection Privée Christian Dior is a portfolio of refined fragrances reflecting the unique legacy of the founding couturier. Allowed unprecedented liberty of creation, François Demachy, perfumer-creator of Dior, draws on the remarkable heritage of the maison to compose bold and unique fragrances crafted from the finest precious ingredients. Exploring creative olfactory territories, and produced with the utmost respect for artisanal tradition, the perfumes of La Collection Privée Christian Dior embody all the savoir faire of the house of Dior. Comprising sixteen perfumes and four Precious Elixirs, La Collection Privée Christian Dior is formulated with exceptional materials such as Florentine iris, Indonesian oud, and jasmine from Grasse, grown and harvested exclusively for Dior, and at the heart of each signature fragrance is a specific Dior reference.   Featuring evocative text by fragrance expert Élisabeth de Feydeau, La Collection Privée Christian Dioris a beautifully illustrated volume that unveils the creative journey behind this exquisite tour de force of haute parfumerie from Dior. Dior perfumer-creator since 2006, François Demachy grew up in Grasse, where he developed an unconditional love of fine materials and learned the alchemical secrets of perfumery. Demachy has cultivated special…

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Book Review Dior New Looks (5) - Cópia
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Book Review: Dior New Looks

The outstanding elements of Dior’s style for every generation since 1947, presented in an inspired narrative of classic and contemporary photographs, together with some exquisite unpublished rarities. ‘Jérôme Gautier weaves an engaging narrative’ – Financial Times ‘An inspired narrative of classic and contemporary photographs, together with some exquisite unpublished rarities’– Senatus ‘This is something to pore over’– Porter ‘Exquisite … showcases more than half a century of iconic fashion looks that continue to influence how we dress today’– Image ‘One stunning image after another, sharp, elegant, chic and above all, new’– MatureTimes 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 and John Galliano 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, including the newest models by today’s designer-in-chief, Raf Simons. The legendary fashion house continues to represent the best taste in couture, honouring…

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GRUAU: PORTRAITS OF MEN

GRUAU: PORTRAITS OF MEN, BY RÉJANE BARGIEL AND SYLVIE NISSEN Primarily known for his colorful and vivacious portrayals of women, René Gruau revolutionized the concept of masculinity in fashion imagery and advertising from the 1950s to the ’80s, depicting the modern casual, confident man with humor and sex appeal. See also: Interior Design Books: The Story of Eames Furniture Gruau became one of the best known and favorite artists of the haute couture world during the 1940s and 50s working with Femina, Marie-Claire, L’Officiel, L’Album Du Figaro and an assortment of “high-style” magazines. According to Alan Riding of the New York times, “everything he did, he evoked the glamour and style of the world of high fashion”. Because the technical age of the 20th century had yet to emerge, Gruau’s pictures were the advertisements of the time and gave marketing and presentation of clothing a new brilliant flare. Illustrations were intensely very important in the haute couture world. Gruau’s first position as artistic director for advertising was in 1947 with Christian Dior. Both together formed the “New Look” of the time, partially a result of Dior’s designs, and partially a result of Gruau’s combined interpretation and upgrading of old-style graphic illustration.Gruau formed a friendship with Dior that contributed…

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