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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Assouline Publishing; 1ST edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2759401626
  • ISBN-13: 978-2759401628
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 14.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With 400 pages and 300 illustrations, it's just the thing for a best-dressed bedside table. --Capital File

About the Author

Farid Chenoune is a fashion historian and professor of liberal arts. Photographer Laziz Hamani has contributed to many books on fashion and the arts. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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I'am sure this book will one day be a collectos item!
David Pedroza
This book is exhaustive and it traces the Dior fashion house from the Elegant Mr. Dior to the iconoclast Galliano.
Shannon Deason
The book is fabulous, makes for a beautiful classy coffee table book.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Admire on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Let's get my one complaint out of the way right off; there's not enough coverage, for my own personal preference, of the couture that really made Dior what it is - the dazzling "New Look" dresses of the house's founder, Christian Dior himself, from 1947 to 1957. To my own way of thinking, even Yves St. Laurent pales beside the master, and there should have been more on the "golden age" (to steal the title of another recent book on the general subject).

All the same, overall this is a splendid book. It's one of the biggest and heaviest I've ever seen; this is a genuine coffee-table book, not something you can casually cart around for subway reading. I don't know just what the $1,500 "special edition" entails, but the regular edition is very high-quality by itself. The oversize format, which I always think is suitable for books on this topic, allows for really detailed, high-quality photography (the dust-jacket photograph is a perfect case in point; you can literally see the tiny "D"'s on the buttons), and you get lots of closeups and full views both of the various outfits. Notwithstanding my grumble in the previous paragraph, what the reader will find here is a good overview of the 60-year history of possibly the most renowned haute-couture design house in the world. Hefty price, but recommended for anyone with a serious interest in the field.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on January 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a HUGE book, but I suppose in order to sum up all that is Dior it takes a redwood. This book is exhaustive and it traces the Dior fashion house from the Elegant Mr. Dior to the iconoclast Galliano. I for one love the way Christian Dior made a woman look, his style was revolutionary in many ways, but traditional at the same time. His most famous proteget Yves St. Laurent, pales in comparison to the master, as an innovator and as a designer in general, though Mr. St. Laurent was certainly a great talent in his own right. As for the current work of the house of Dior, to be honest i of course like the coutour that reflects Christian Dior, but some of the more outlandish styles as reflected by in house designer Galliano leaves a bit to be desired, and what is up with his personal look, where Mr. Dior exuded class, Mr. Galliano looks like he's trying out for a Chelsea production of Pirates of Pensance, but I digress. I like for instantance what Tom Ford did for the House of Gucci, but I'm not that please with the direction Galliano has taken Dior, but alas that does not preclude my enjoyment of this fantastic book. A fitting tribute to one of Europes great fashion houses.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Roades on March 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book following the House of Dior. The selection of pictures are phenomenal and the quality of the book itself is fantastic. I have it on my coffee table, and everyone that sees it, picks it up and looks at it for hours. Gorgeous book. Far superior to any other books about Dior that I've come across.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Pedroza on March 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Dior", is simply the best book around that explores the history of this legendary Couture House. It is full of the most beautiful Images and truly shows the luxury of Dior Haute Couture. The book begings with Christian Dior, Master Himself, then goes on to Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Boehm, Gianfranco Ferre, and John Galliano. The Images depict the allure of each crators' masterpeices, and the craftsmanship inside a Dior Haute Couture garment. The cover of the book is stuning on its' own. I'am sure this book will one day be a collectos item!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ileana Cocias on April 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a very refreshing escape in the world of pure fashion even if you do not have a degree on the subject. I think any woman of some style should check it out as it is timeless and trully inspiring. You may not afford to buy the clothes but you can dream about elegance, perfect lifestyle and I think the overall feeling you get out of it is that there is an astonishing beautiful person in each of us, you just have to take the time and figure out each detail of what you wear: they are not just clothes, each detail of your wordrobe is a statement about you, even when you don't care that much (so you should care)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darren K. Brim on April 1, 2008
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This book is perfect tribute to the Master and to the house of Dior. IT is a soaring achievement of beauty and scholarship. It is breathtaking. DO your self a favor just buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Mouradova on March 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book that provides plenty of fantastic images and history of the house. Great as a table book as well as research.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boudicca on July 2, 2008
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Museum quality research book of a haute couture master designer. Completely satisfying. Beautifully detailed..well photographed, an enjoyment to read. A rich glorious heavy volumed coffee table book that you will actually read!
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