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Dior Hardcover – October 1, 2007

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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

Photographer Laziz Hamani has contributed to a number of books for Assouline, including all the titles in "The Symbols of Religion" series and Le Tresor de Saint-Denis. His work has appeared in many magazines, as well as in a series of solo exhibitions in France and Italy.

Farid Chenoune is a Paris-based fashion historian and the author of "A History of Men's Fashion. "
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Assouline (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2759401626
  • ISBN-13: 978-2759401628
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 12 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Shannon Deason on January 21, 2008
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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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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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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"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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I have wanted this book for a long time, after debating it for months I broke down and purchased it. The images are absolutely gorgeous and the book has received so much attention on my coffee table. I eat, live and breathe fashion...if you do as well you need this in your collection!!
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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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Before I even start on how amazing this book is - it weighs a TON and it still shipped for free with my prime membership and arrived today on Sunday. I also placed another order right behind this one and amazon combined them (makes so much since) so I got one box.
Now the book, it is exquisite - the quality, the content the pictures, i have so many coffee table books, and fashion coffee table books, this is by far the best one I've ever had, full of wonderful information and just it's just a visual treat as well.
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