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Dior Couture Hardcover – Nov 16 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (Nov. 16 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838028
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 3.3 x 36.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...far and away the most gorgeous book on the house..." ~The New York Times

"Dior Couture immortalizes one of the most important and long-lived couture houses in the world and is a book that anyone with an interest in fashion will want for their library." ~Huffington Post

"Books such as this are rare and should be considered a must for any fashion library and certainly for anyone with a serious interest in fashion as an art form." ~New York Journal of Books

About the Author

Dior was started in Paris by designer Christian Dior in 1946. In addition to haute couture, Dior also produces ready-to-wear, men’s couture, accessories, and perfume. Patrick Demarchelier is one of the best-known fashion photographers in the world. His work appears in top fashion magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Marie Claire. He also shoots advertising campaigns for couture houses, including Dior, Chanel, YSL, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein. Ingrid Sischy is the former editor-in-chief of Interview magazine and the international editor for Vanity Fair’s European editions.

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WOW. I won't exhaust the english language looking for ways to praise the contents of this book. Amazons wonderfully discounted price is just the cherry on the top of this feathered, jewel encrusted cake. This book is huge, heavy, and absolutely packed with photos that will leave you picking your jaw up off the floor.

Bravo Demarchelier, and the endless team at the Dior Couture atelier.
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Arrived earlier than expected. Didn't open it as it was a gift for someone else and didn't want to take it out of the plastic. Looked beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dior Couture March 2 2012
By Lilly Ford - Published on
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This is a beautifully produced book showing lots of Dior's stunning garments.
The book itself is really huge and thick and loaded with hundreds of full page color & b/w stylish photos printed on high quality paper. The book is also text-free and the photos are accompanied with captions revealing the dates of the various illustrated collections.
My only criticism is that I hoped this book would chronicle all the designers who collaborated with the house of Dior along with showing more of Christian Dior's original pieces, however, like most of the books produced on Dior, this one is no exception where it is heavily focusing on John Galliano. Granted he is talented but other designers are also worth documenting, besides, I personally don't really like the creative direction of Dior since Galliano took the helm.
But with that being said, I recommend this book as a fine addition to any fashion library.
N.B. the book entitled Dior and published by Assouline on the occassion on the 60th anniversary is the closest definitive illustrated account on the House of Dior, highly recommended. Dior
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not thorough enough Dec 28 2011
By S. Stipelman - Published on
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Beautiful book. Unfortunately there is too much Galliano. Bohan and Ferre were my favorites and I wish they were included in some depth. The title does not reflect the contents
48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a new light on Dior Dec 26 2011
By Bklynbased - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I had this book on my wish list and was excited to receive it as a present, the descriptive as representing Dior's greatest couture gowns shot by Demarchelier intrigued me , I anticipated Christian Dior,Yves Saint Laurent ,Bohan ,Ferre and Galliano, sewn together . Unfortunately it's really all Galliano, I would have loved to see the full expression of the brand over 60+ years, not 80 % Galliano,Christian Dior day wear and some late afternoon cocktail, the Bar suit..... for the 100th time.... yes we all know that one, beautiful revolutionary for its time but... clearly nothing of interest from Bohan and Ferre ..... there are so many gowns that have not been included and are still available in collections.... and unfortunately what felt like just a couple of tunics by Bohan... really, the guy was there for 30 years and commercially Dior's most successful couture designer........ and Ferre ,known for reinterpreting the giant ball gown at Dior... The photography is beautiful, the print quality is excellent, but I feel the final editorial choice is disappointing, and spoke more to friends helping friends than a need to enlighten , I would have liked to have seen a new facet, an aha moment by juxtaposing these great names, a fresher opinion that threads together over 60 years of such a storied brand. I would give it 5 stars for the photography but only 2 for the fashion content.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more June 5 2013
By Tatiana - Published on
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To tell the truth expected more from the Rizzoli, I mean great quality of printing. When I received it I was a little bit disappointed: printing was at low quality: spots, black dots. When you buy a book with a great photos (such as Patrick Demarchelier's) you are waiting for great quality, especially for such a high price. These dots over the image spoiled my impression. Gave 3 stars instead of 1 only for book's content nor for its quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dior Book to own now... Nov. 7 2012
By M - Published on
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I'd like to consider this book as the "Goodbye Galliano" for Dior book since a large amount of the content in this book was from Galliano's Couture collections for Dior. Amazing black and white, and color photography. Each image is impeccably rich in composition, color, personality and that clashing between frivolous looks, the narratives and bold design complement each other.

It's a large, stately book that even when closed- the size and cover is something to behold. My only critique is that I wish there was more images by Patrick DeMarchelier (he's done far more for Dior couture than what this book can fill in). I wish there could be a Dior Couture Part 2 book!

If you were captivated by Dior Couture from all eras, but more specifically between the late 1990s and 2000s- this is the Couture book to own. Especially for the price here on Amazon, I've seen other retailers price this book $120 - $150.