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A must for the fashionable, Yale University Press has hit one out of the park with Dior: The Collections 1947-2017.  It's the most beautiful reference work you can imagine with over 600 pages of excellence in gorgeous between "gentle dove grey."  Though we are a bit late celebrating the 70-year anniversary, this timeless classic is an enduring champagne flute "cheers" for all ages, and if you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, this could knock many off your list due to its universal appeal.

Boasting over 1,100 photographs, Dior is a beautiful journey of high style and we love that it is organized chronologically.  From Christian Dior to Yves Saint Laurent to Marc Bohan, and then to Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Bill Gaytten, and finally Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri, it is completely comprehensive and visually educational in addition to being well-written.

Dior's brilliance in the post-WWII era was exactly what the world needed: Haute Couture and the New Look.  You'll be transported back in time to the fashion shows you'd never be at, because you weren't born yet, and if you were alive, it is worth reliving.  Tremendous attention to detail at all levels is thought out and organizational, and every page tells you the specific designer, which we applaud.

If you are on the younger side, you will see styles that you thought were new have only come back! 

If you are an artist in any respect, this work is hugely inspirational.

We loved most by Dior himself:
The Profile Line
The Arrow Line

By Yves:
Trapeze Line
Silhouette of Tomorrow

By Marc:
The Slim Look
Feathered Knits
Fur and Trouser Suits
A Bit of Razzle-Dazzle
Pointillist Prints

By Gianfranco:
In Balmy Summer Breezes
In the Secret of a Venetian Winter
Images in a Mirror

By John:
Sportswear on High Heels
Empress Sisi
Film Noir

By Bill:
Elegance X-rayed

By Raf:
Warhol in the Clouds
City Lights

Dream again with Dior.  Your coffee table would be naked without it.
Dior The Collections is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.


632 pages, 7 1/2 x 10 7/8

949 color + 197 b/w illus.

ISBN: 9780300225846

Cloth over Board

A stunning and comprehensive overview of the legendary house of Dior, from its founding in 1947 to today, featuring over 170 collections presented through original catwalk photography 

In spring 1947, Christian Dior presented the first collection of his newly founded eponymous fashion house. Soon dubbed the "New Look," it grabbed headlines all over the world and turned Dior into one of the most influential brands of all time. After the couturier's untimely death in 1957, Yves Saint Laurent took the helm of the fashion house before being succeeded by Marc Bohan, who was in turn replaced by Gianfranco Ferré in 1989. In 1996, John Galliano was appointed creative director, designing flamboyant collections for a decade, before the arrival of Raf Simon in 2012, who gave the house a newly imagined identity for the 21st century. Maria Grazia Chiuri's arrival in 2017 as the first woman designer in Dior's history also marks the seventieth anniversary of the "New Look." 

For the first time, every Dior haute couture collection is gathered here in a single, lavishly illustrated volume--providing a unique opportunity to chart the development of one of the world's most famous fashion brands and to discover rarely seen collections. Dior: The Complete Collections opens with a concise history of the house of Dior before exploring the collections themselves, which are organized chronologically. Each new "era" in Dior's history is inaugurated by a brief overview and biography of the new designer, while individual collections are introduced by a short text unveiling their influences and highlights and illustrated with carefully curated catwalk images. A rich reference section, including an extensive index, concludes this definitive publication. 

Alexander Fury is men's critic for American, and was former fashion editor of The Independent, former editor of LOVE magazine, and former fashion director at ShowStudio from 2008 to 2012.

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