In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the house of Dior comes the first volume in a series devoted to each designer of the couture house. Dior by Christian Dior is the ultimate compendium of the most iconic haute couture designs conceived by Christian Dior.

Carefully conserved in the world’s great museums and institutions, these fashion treasures have been photographed and exclusively compiled for this indispensable collection.

Gearing up to mark its 70th anniversary in 2017, Christian Dior is kicking off festivities this calendar year. Beginning of December, the French fashion house is to release an Assouline tome, “Christian Dior: 1947-1957,” the first volume of a series devoted to each of its seven couturiers – to be sold on Assouline’s web site and the Galignani bookshop in Paris ahead of a wider rollout in January.

The book dedicated to the founder spans 504 pages with 345 photographs by Laziz Hamani and text by fashion curator Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera museum in Paris. It is to be published in French, English and Chinese.

Subsequent volumes will be dedicated to Dior’s six successors: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri, who is to show her first couture collection in January following her ready-to-wear debut in September during Paris Fashion Week.

The complete set is due for completion some time in 2018, according to Dior, which assembled dresses for the founder’s book from its own archives; private collectors; the Christian Dior Museum in Granville, France, and various other museums around the world.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Director of the Palais Galliera in Paris since 2010, Olivier Saillard is a recognized fashion historian who has curated several innovative fashion exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Madame Grès: Couture at Work (Musée Bourdelle, 2011), an Azzedine Alaïa retrospective (Palais Galliera, 2013), Comme des Garçons: White Drama (Les Docks, 2012), and Cristóbal Balenciaga: Fashion Collector (Les Docks, 2012). As a live performance director, he staged The Impossible Wardrobe in collaboration with British actress Tilda Swinton at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2012), then Eternity Dress (2013), and Cloakroom (2014) at the Palais Galliera. In 2015, his show Models Never Talk, featuring seven former fashion models reminiscing about their careers, was presented at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York. Most recently he curated the exhibition Louis Vuitton: Voguez, Volez, Voyagez at the Grand Palais in Paris (2016).