Dior by Christian Dior, Assouline


Dior, published by Assouline and edited by Olivier Saillard, is the definitive anthology of one of the world’s foremost couture houses. Originally released in celebration of Dior’s 70th Anniversary, Dior and Assouline pay tribute to its emblematic artistic directors by dedicating each one a volume. Exploring the essence, inspiration, and creativity of each designer, this beautiful book captures the genius of the legendary founder of the brand Christian Dior and celebrates the house’s consecutive artistic directors: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

An anthology of seven books will be published in 2017 and 2018. All combined, these volumes form a prestigious set. In December 2016, Assouline released the first volume Dior by Christian Dior 1947-1957. Richly illustrated with carefully staged garments, photographed by Laziz Hamani and highlighting eighty iconic pieces, the volume demonstrates the artistry of each of Christian Dior’s creation. Carefully conserved in the world’s great museums and institutions, these fashion treasures have been photographed and exclusively compiled for this indispensable collection.

Director of the Palais Galliera in Paris since 2010, Olivier Saillard needs no presentation and has been talked about many times on Art is Alive.  A fashion historian who has curated several innovative fashion exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Madame Grès: Couture at Work (Musée Bourdelle, 2011), an Azzedine Alaïa retrospective (Palais Galliera, 2013), Comme des Garçons: White Drama (Les Docks, 2012), and Cristóbal Balenciaga: Fashion Collector (Les Docks, 2012), Olivier Saillard has staged staged The Impossible Wardrobe in collaboration with Tilda Swinton at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2012), Eternity Dress (2013), and Cloakroom (2014) at the Palais Galliera. In 2015, his show Models Never Talk, featuring seven former fashion models reminiscing about their careers, was presented at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York. Most recently he curated the exhibition Louis Vuitton: Voguez, Volez, Voyagez at the Grand Palais in Paris (2016).

Christian Dior, an exhibition devoted to the designer will open on 6 July 2017 at The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

 Dior by Christian Dior 1947-1957, éditions Assouline, is available in French, English and Chinese, and was published in December 2016. We can’t wait to see the upcoming volumes.


Image: Robe Christian Dior, 1955,  Laziz Hamani, Assouline