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Christian Dior: The Early Years 1947-1957: Rethy, Esmeralda de; Perreau, Jean-Louis Christian Dior: The Early Years 1947-1957: Rethy, Esmeralda de; Perreau, Jean-Louis Christian Dior: The Early Years 1947-1957: Rethy, Esmeralda de; Perreau, Jean-Louis Christian Dior: The Early Years 1947-1957: Rethy, Esmeralda de; Perreau, Jean-Louis

Christian Dior: The Early Years 1947-1957

Rethy, Esmeralda de; Perreau, Jean-Louis

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ISBN 10: 086565249X / ISBN 13: 9780865652491
Published by Vendome Press, (2001), New York, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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pp. [6], 7-127, [1]. Illustrated. Illustrated end papers. First English language edition. Translation by Alexis Gregory. Dust jacket protected in a new mylar sleeve. Top edge of dust jacket has the very slightest of a crease. Dust jacket is very clean and attractive. Red cloth binding and interior of book are like new. No former owner's names or marks. A most attractive copy. Size and weight of book may require extra postage. Bookseller Inventory # 001551

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Title: Christian Dior: The Early Years 1947-1957

Publisher: Vendome Press, (2001), New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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In 1946, France was in the doldrums. The war, the humiliation of German occupation and the rationing of all essential products had turned the City of Light into a gray and sad reflection of its former self. It was at this darkest of moments that Christian Dior, then a young designer for Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong, met Marcel Boussac, France's textile king and the country's most powerful industrialist. Boussac offered to set up Dior in business, a lease came due on 30 Avenue Montaigne - still the Dior headquarters - and the young designer consulted his mystic. She fell into a trance and cried out "It will be extraordinary. Your house will revolutionize fashion".
And so it did when, in 1947, Christian Dior presented his first couture collection. Women were finally given back their femininity, narrow waists, high and prominent busts, long skirts and fabulous evening dresses made up of seemingly endless meters of luxurious cloth, often beaded or embroidered by the great master Lesage. Carmel Snow, the American fashion doyenne, proclaimed, "Christian, it's a completely new look", and under this banner the world's fashion press heralded the return of haute couture.
This book is based mostly on photographs in the Dior archives, and is the detailed history of the first decade of the great house's activity when Christian Dior personally supervised every detail of his enterprise, created a team of devoted collaborators, and a large studio of adoring seamstresses.

About the Author:

Esmeralda De Rethy is a royal Belgian princess, niece of the present King. Her mother Princess Lilian of Belgium, was one Christian Dior's first clients and knew everybody in the house by first name. She studied law before becoming a journalist in Paris, where she interviewed everybody from Moshe Dayan to Donald Trump for French magazines and newspapers. A renowned conservationist, she is head of the King Leopold III Fund for the Exploration and Conservation of Nature.

Jean Louis Perreau is a fashion historian and researcher living in Paris.

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