In February of 1947, the crème de la crème of Paris haute couture have flocked to see Christian Dior’s debut fashion show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway and the mesmerized audience declares the show a triumph. When Clara—a freshly hired chronicler and guide to the busy corridors of the brand-new fashion house—is hand-picked by Dior to be a model, she knows her life will never be the same. A biography docudrama that marries fiction with the story of one of the greatest couturiers in history, this work is a breathless and stunning presentation of Christian Dior’s greatest designs, beautifully rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger.
When she decided to create a fashion comic, French illustrator Anne Goetzinger considered her country’s three most iconic designers: Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Christian Dior. She began researching and was struck by the preponderance of novels, documentaries, and coffee table books about the first two and the relative mystery surrounding the third.
“What I was attracted to was [Dior’s] love of excellence not extravagance,” explained Goetzinger. “He was bourgeois and that played out in his work, but his designs still came from this idea of less is more. Of course, that could mean 1,000 paillettes instead of 3,000, but like everything—it is relative. I could have talked about Dior’s life from his birth until his death, but what interested me, obviously, was that adventure in high fashion which took place between 1947 and 1957,” Goetzinger said. “I wanted to talk about the creator, not only aobut his personality but his whole universe, his environment.“
Goetzinger also took a moment to share some entertaining anecdotes including one about the unorthodox applicants that attended Dior’s open model castings. “It’s a funny fact that there were some prostitutes that found Dior’s advertisement looking for mannequins,” said the illustrator laughing. “They figured they could get dressed and undressed better than almost anyone else. Why not?”
About Annie Goetzinger: One of the few female French comic artists, Annie Goetzinger began making comics by accident, because her art school wouldn’t let her pass without making a comic. Since then, she has been publishing various comics, and contributed to the magazines Pilote, Charlie Mensuel and Fluide Glacial. Her work can be recognized by her Art Nouveau-influenced style. Most of her stories have a feminine point of view, and have been published in book format by Hachette, Glénat, Dargaud and Éditions des Femmes.