Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Preview: Dior Couture By Patrick Demarchelier



If you're thinking of a coffee-table look-good as a gift for someone this Christmas, or just for yourself (let's be honest, buying for others is SO not fun), look no further than Dior Couture - a portfolio featuring over one hundred iconic gowns spanning the entire Dior HC era, including creations by Dior himself and his successors. Those stepping into his shoes included YSL, who "saved" Dior from demise after the master's sudden death; the discreet and highly sophisticated eye of Marc Bohan, who dressed Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duchess of Windsor over 29 years; and of course Galliano, who propelled Dior into the spotlight of the golden age of fashion and celebrity via his exuberant and eccentric designs, which often paraded down a red carpet.



This style tome is a portfolio-come-portrait style presentation lensed by photographer Patrick Demarchelier, where vintage meets modernity, as Sasha Pivovarova, Karlie Kloss, Kim Noorda, Magdalena Frackowiak, Maryna Linchuk and Monika Jagaciak model stunning gowns in a variety of aesthetically beautiful and typically Parisian settings, including the Opera Garnier, and the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris.

With a concise and observational foreword by US artist Jeff Koons, and text provided by Ingrid Sischy, (Interview's former Ed-In-Chief and Editor of Vanity Fair's european editions) - Demarchelier showcases the seamless and timeless work of the Dior ateliers. This book is a journey through the archives of Dior, captured via visually arresting imagery, proving why it's one of the longest surviving and revered fashion houses in the world (along with Chanel, of course).



Just two points though: Why was Gianfranco Ferré's brief stay not noted? and why after John Galliano's very public fall from grace earlier this year, does his work feature heavily (if not more than anyone else's) in this book? Perhaps because during his tenure, his ability to understand feminine beauty and reinterpret and evoke it within a rippling piece of silk, was why so many influential women in fashion admired his vision - Anna Wintour, Amanda Harlech, and of course, Kate Moss, who opted for a vintage-style Galliano dress for her wedding earlier this year. Whatever we may personally think of his behaviour and self-conduct away from the catwalk (yes it was Grade-A unacceptable), one cannot simply cast aside the fact that he was indeed a true artistic genius.

Dior Couture, p
ublished by Rizzoliis released on December 6th. See more preview pics below:





Images © Patrick Demarchelier



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