As a way of honouring the artistic directors that have been at the helm of Dior over the last several decades, a digital rendition of the famed book Dior Par Christian Dior has been published by Assouline, celebrating the house's 70th anniversary. The volume encompasses a complete chronology of Christian Dior's haute couture creations and pays tribute to some of the most iconic designs (the 'Bar' Jacket and 'Chérie' included) created by the founding couturier - most notably, the 1947 collection that envisioned a 'new look' and therefore became known as The New Look Dior.
The new look celebrated total femininity that had been wavering slightly due to a number of factors. Ever since Poiret abolished the restrictive corsets of the 1800s and made room for the straight up and down silhouettes that the 1920s flapper girls embraced and flaunted, fashion was never really the same again. Not to mention throughout the majority of the first half of the 21st century, if a woman had helped during World War One she would be all-too familiar with civilian uniforms and even if she hadn't of been involved, and instead stayed at home, rations would've massively restricted the fashions of the time. Unlike the 20s, the 30s and 40s were not decades associated with grandeur and luxury - Christian Dior changed this. Featuring slightly rounded shoulders, and always a cinched waist and a full-bodied skirt, the new look embodied the pinnacle of opulence and extravagance that people had been unknowingly waiting for.
Over 80 pieces are analysed from many different collections by historian Olivier Saillard with photos by Laziz Halmani that bring together unique creations from the house that envision the original spirit of Christian Dior himself; a man known to be an innovator and an era-defining designer.
With most of us tucked inside our houses once again, this not-so-light digital reading will make the perfect companion in dreaming of a world far far away from this one, helping you escape to the magical world of haute couture.
Read the book, free of charge, here.