In 1947 Christian Dior rocked the fashion world with his New Look, which firmly secured the name of his house in the minds of the public and at the forefront of the industry. He drew on historical models of femininity and the unique skills of Parisian haute couture-as well as a myriad of suppliers-to produce stunning designs that caught the mood of optimism after the Second World War. Newly expanded and updated to accompany the V&A exhibition, 'Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams', this absorbing and beautiful book examines the seminal years of Christian Dior, 1947-57, from a truly international perspective.
Alexandra Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Senior Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Royal Ontario Museum
Introduction Chapter One THE EARLY YEARS Chapter Two A NEW HOUSE, A NEW FEMININITY Chapter Three COUTURE PIRACY, PROTECTION & LITIGATION Chapter Four THE CHRISTIAN DIOR BOUTIQUE Chapter Five GLOBAL EXPANSION AND LICENCES Chapter Six THE CELEBRITY COUTURIER, DIPLOMAT AND ARBITER OF TASTE References 130 | Tables 136 | Chronology 138 | Dior at the V&A 139 Select Bibliography 140 | Acknowledgements 141 | Index 142