Saturday, 21 November 2009

Book : The New Look; The Dior Revolution

I just recieved my copy of The Dior Revolution by Nigel Cawthorne and I love it! It is filled cover to cover with amazing photographs and stories from Hollywood, war-time and of course the history of Dior - The man and the business.

"Christian Dior was arguably the most important fashion designer of the twentieth century. One of a handful of designers who dominated 20th century fashion along with Coco Chanel, Paul Poiret & Yves Saint Laurent. His career was launched in 1947 with his very first collection, in which he introduced the “New Look“. Featuring rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and very full skirt, the New Look celebrated ultra-femininity and opulence. After years of military and civilian uniforms, sartorial restrictions and shortages, Dior offered not merely a new look but a new outlook. While the House of Dior is still a thriving business today, Dior’s untimely death in 1957 left the fashion world without a great dictator of style. Christian Dior designed under his own name for only a decade, but his influence will be felt for many years to come." - Black Cat Books

My favoroutie parts are where it is described how the dresses were made, how special Dior undergarmets were required to give the Dior shape.

"Your own shoulders plus padded hips" - Vogue

What the book will be most helpful for is to be an inspiration for my own Dior style. I cannot afford or even find genuine vintage pieces, but I can sew and style clothes to give the appearance of a Dior model.

Dior Darhling

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