It’s the last day of the Christian Dior fashion week and I am going to spend it talking about some of the best books and documentaries that would make a great addition to any fashion library. The most frustrating thing about fashion literature is that many books do not ever get published twice, so once the moment is gone, it’s very difficult to acquire a decent copy.
Whenever it comes to making the right choice, I tend to go for the titles that allow me to learn more about a person himself rather than his fashions. Although the designs and collections are indeed important and incredibly fascinating to study, it is the life and mind of a designer that I am most interested it because, lets face it, this is the best way to understand the magic behind each dress or accessory way beyond the beautiful facade.
Dior by Dior is a must-have. Written by Christian Dior himself, this book provides some valuable insides into his life and creative process. If you savour it, you will also come across some of the most wonderful quotes.
Dior by Alexandra Palmer is on top of my list for the amount of details and information it provides. It’s incredibly well researched and accompanied by beautiful images and documents from the house archives.
Christian Dior: The Biography by Marie-France Pochna is like a beautifully written novel that you can read in bed and lose yourself on its pages. In a way, it reminded me of Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie – there’s something special about the melody of wording, the way the story flows and takes you away on the journey through life of an extraordinary man, not just a designer.
Dior by Farid Chenoune is still on my wish list as the best book for beautiful images and details of the dresses created during the 60-year history of the house.
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