Any lover of fashion would be delighted to wake up on Christmas morning to discover a copy of Monsieur Dior Once Upon A Time, a new book that details the nascence of the house of Dior.
Paris-based British writer Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni penned the book, which explores the world of Dior and how he operated his maison between 1947 to 1957 through archive photos and anecdotes from those closest to the designer.
As the chapters unfold, archive documents and a wealth of testimonies from people who knew Dior recount the birth of the couture house and its spectacular development in the decade before his death, painting an intimate and vivid portrait of its founder.
It starts with the story of Christian Dior’s first couture show on February 12th, 1947, a revolution in fashion and around the world, told by the couturier Pierre Cardin, who worked in the Dior ateliers at the time, and by a happy few who attended the event.
His story is told via tales from faithful clients, in-house models – whom he fondly called his “chéries”— employees from the time and great actresses, such as Marlene Dietrich and Lauren Bacall, who granted Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni one of her last interviews, confiding that “the name Christian Dior stood for something rare and precious at the time” and that “Dior’s outfits were spectacular and made an impression.”
Christian Dior and Renee by Henry Clarke
Image credit: Conde Nast Archive
It is also a story of famous Dior symbols, such as the lily of the valley, his favourite flower which he liked to pin to his lapel, or the colour grey, the soft shade that reminded him of his house in Granville.
Drop into the boutique on Sloane Street to see how current creative director Raf Simons is continuing the Dior Legacy, when pick up a copy of Monsieur Dior Once Upon A Time from Waterstones on the King’s Road.