Christian Dior

History and Modernity, 1947 - 1957

Alexandra Palmer

Christian Dior

Alexandra Palmer

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

With Photography by Laziz Hamani
200 pages | 100 color plates | 9 x 12 | © 2018
Cloth $49.95 ISBN: 9783777430089 Published January 2019 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
Arguably the most famous fashion designer of the twentieth century, Christian Dior created feminine fashions that were desired, worn, and emulated by women around the world. This lavishly illustrated volume explores the brilliance behind Dior’s dramatic creations, which revived the entire Paris haute couture industry after the devastation of World War II.
            This volume features the Royal Ontario Museum’s collection of Christian Dior couture, accompanied by sketches and material from Christian Dior Heritage along with photographs of the collection taken by world-renowned Dior photographer Laziz Hamani. In addition to showcasing Dior’s most striking designs, from daytime to evening wear, the book examines how the lighthearted and contoured “New Look” swept away the gloom and gravity of the wartime silhouette, and explains the innovative dressmaking techniques behind key Dior signatures. Christian Dior is an essential read for anyone interested in fashion, art, culture, and history.
Contents
Foreword
Josh Basseches
Director & CEO, Royal Ontario Museum
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I
CHRISTIAN DIOR: HISTORY & MODERNITY
Decoding Dior
Origin of the Species
Resistance & Acceptance
Historicism & Modernism
Structure & Underpinnings
Interior Construction
Design Details
On the Surface
Evolutions, Not Revolutions
Legacy
Endnotes
 
PART II
CHRISTIAN DIOR ANATOMIES
Selected Bibliography
Image Credits
Index
Review Quotes
Dr. Valerie Steele, Director, The Museum at FIT
“Alexandra Palmer’s book on Christian Dior is brilliant and fascinating.”
Caroline Milbank, Author of Fashion: A Timeline in Photographs 1850–Today
“Dr. Palmer’s book stands out in a sea of Dior publications. Her extensive research and technical analysis make it vividly clear to a lay audience what has been previously understood only by curatorial or couture house insiders with access to the garments. The designs of Christian Dior, due to their complexity, particularly need and deserve this treatment.”
 
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