The legendary house celebrates 70 years of high fashion with a look back at the creative directors of its stunning past.
Elegance itself: This diaphanous gown dates to the first half of Marc Bohan’s tenure as the creative director of Dior. He was the longest-serving head, filling the role from 1960 to 1989.
In some ways, Dior’s legacy is bigger than Christian Dior himself. The exuberant founder started the French luxury house in 1947, and his name soon became synonymous with haute couture collections of voluminous proportions and sensual bust lines. Dior collaborated with Roger Vivier for the house’s first shoe collection, created the iconic Bar Jacket for which the house is known, and set forth a path of fashion innovation for the six creative directors who would succeed him.
There was Yves Saint Laurent, who was hired as Dior’s first assistant and went on to become the house’s second creative director, bringing ethereal modernity to the label with the Trapeze collection. More game-changers followed—John Galliano, Raf Simons, and finally, the first female to take the reins, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
To commemorate this 70-year presence in the fashion world, it’s only fitting that Assouline would publish a series of seven tomes, each acknowledging and paying tribute to a single designer in the house’s history. Naturally, the first entry, Dior by Christian Dior: 1947–1957 ($195), celebrates the man who started it all, with 504 pages of glorious images and history. 21 E. 57th St., 212-931-2950; 768 Fifth Ave., 212-593-7236