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The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman Hardcover – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994614
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christian Dior was born in France in 1905. After serving as an officer during World War II, he opened The House of Dior in 1946 and launched the “New Look” in 1947. Dior brought the center of the fashion world back to Paris, where he reigned over the fashion world until his death in 1957.

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I fun book to read and easy to understand.
P.Kastella
If you appreciate the history of fashion, you will love this must have for your book collection.
A Ko
This is the first book I purchased to get her collection started.
Marc

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Loves Vintage Style on May 11, 2009
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When Dior wrote this wonderful little dictionary many years ago, he wrote it to be "of great practical use to the women of today." In my opinion, his dictionary has transcended its time (1954). It is a fascinating book for all of us who are interested in fashionable clothing and accessories. Dior has a point of view and a philosophy of dress which is timeless, based on the fundamentals of good dressing--simplicity, good taste, and grooming.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Admire on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book isn't really very substantial; it's essentially an alphabetic collection of the great couturier Christian Dior's comments on various elements of fashion and style. On these terms, however, and for the reader who isn't approaching the book expecting anything world-shaking, it's a very nice little item and a good snapshot of "New Look" fashion ideas. Lots of great B&W photos and drawings, too! (I think it really deserves 3 1/2 stars but Amazon's star system doesn't allow that kind of fine-tuning, more's the pity.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Ko on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for a relative who is a fashion aficionado and it was perfect! She owns several other fashion dictionaries, but didn't have this one. If you appreciate the history of fashion, you will love this must have for your book collection.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Caloucon on January 30, 2008
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This is a nice little book - not detailed or descriptive enough for someone really interested in fashion. I did enjoy the photographs. If you are looking for more indepth explanation of fashion terms and guidelines, I suggest A Guide to Elegance: For Every Woman Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions. It is organized alphabetically, just like Mr. Dior's book, but has more detailed written descriptions of the items.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frine Hernandez on September 14, 2009
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Very interesting!
It is just what fashion used to be in the 50's.
Good book to learn what used to be fashion in the old times.
The best of it is that it teaches a lot of the rules that will never go out of style, because it teaches how to be elegant.
I also liked the way he approaches how to use colors and their meaning.
A++++++++++++++ book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sue lawrence on January 20, 2009
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the is an adorable book in that it is a pleasure to hold, a gem to browse through, a flash of evidence that fashion IS and will always be linked to some very classic bases that we must be aware of, and loaded with easy to access bits of information. to anyone who has a collection of classics in their closet, they will want this in their reference collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By stacied84 on February 7, 2012
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This little book is adorable. It is an actual dictionary that defines basic fashion terms, however it does so in a cute way. While I did not learn anything new from this book, I still love it. I use it as a decoration that sits on my vanity, and flip through it often. I love this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katie on February 22, 2010
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This is such a sweet little book! I saw it first at Anthropologie and went looking for it online and found it much cheaper on Amazon. There are a lot of fun old pictures of Dior fashion. It is a dictionary of fashion according to Dior, and he has such a fun and wonderful point of view. I have quoted many of his sayings in this book to my sisters!
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