Richard Martin & Harold Koda
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
This book presents a chronology of Dior’s creations. They are drawn chiefly from the Costume Institute’s collections, which include an extensive record of the designer’s achievement as recognized by his New York clients of the 1940s and 1950s. Among the illustrations are extravagant evening wear, chic accessories, and details of Dior tailoring, as well as documentary photographs from the Dior Archives, Paris. Analyzing the “New Look”, the authors set out to demonstrate the abiding impact of Dior’s formulation of an icon for fashion’s post-war renaissance.