Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dior Glamour: 1952-1962

Have you seen the glorious new book of Dior Couture as photographed by Mark Shaw!?  Dior Glamour: 1952-1962 looks spectacular!

Now if only they had a way to reach inside the photographs and look at the construction of each of these garments, it would be truly perfect.  But, for me, fashion doesn't get much better than this!

I know what I want for Christmas!

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  1. Gah, gorgeous dresses

  2. Dior, my first and greatest vintage designer love. Oh, how these magnificent images set my heart fluttering - they are the perfect embodiment of mid-century glamour and elegance to me.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. Ooh, my favourite fashion years! Such gorgeous photos!

  4. I just ordered it yesterday. It does look fabulous! I'm envisioning going through it while sitting in front of a roaring fire on a rainy day, oohing and ahhing at every page!

    1. It will definitely be the ultimate rainy day reading experience – I would add a cup of tea and a snuggly Chihuahua on my lap, but that’s just me!

  5. I have a bedsheet that belonged to Christian Dior...it was given me by someone who I now suspect might have been his sister (although she told me she was 'a personal friend")... this was back in 1976 or thereabouts. She was an older lady and I met her through my job of taking ads for the local newspaper; she had some unusual items for sale (a death mask of Modigliani?) and I asked her about them...she invited me to come for a visit. She showed me many other amazing things, including a tablecloth that easily had to be 25 feet long, and was embroidered with exquisite and intricate cutwork in ecru on heavy linen in a 3 foot border all the way around! I also recall a sheet with a wide handmade lace border along the top, and another one with a border of sunflowers in bright yellow. My sheet has a design of forget-me-nots, with the monogram "CD" in large 6-inch letters. But that's not all...in the corner there is a laundry mark embroidered in red cross-stitches so tiny you nearly need a magnifying glass to see them, spelling out "DIOR". All of the work is executed in French convent embroidery so flawless it leaves even the master embroiderers of my guild in awe! I also have a coaster in the shape of a leaf, with the letters D I O R superimposed on each other as the monogram. The reason i think she might have been his sister was that she told me a story about having been in a concentration camp (as was Christian's sister): she said they were given nothing to eat but rutabaga soup, and after the war was over, the survivors got together for a banquet every few years, and it was a tradition that in the centre of the table would be a centerpiece featuring a GIANT rutabaga! I am only sorry I moved away shortly thereafter and never saw her again...

  6. What a great book… It should go straight on my wish-list as well!

    And I think I have a colour picture of the dress in the center of the photograph. It's on the cover of the French Elle collection's special for that season. I'll show it on my blog.