Dior By Avedon, Text by Justine Pidardie and Olivier Saillard, Foreword by Jacqueline de Ribes, Hardcover, 206 pgs, Published October 27, 2015. From the House’s beginnings, in 1947, and over almost thirty years, Richard Avedon would immortalize Christian Dior creations in images that have become legendary. The newly-released book Dior by Avedon, published by Rizzoli, retraces this special relationship through a host of emblematic photographs.
Avedon’s iconic fashion work not only changed fashion photography but also changed the way the world looks at fashion. One of his most prolific collaborations was with the house of Dior, which can be traced back to 1947, just after the haute couture house had taken the Paris fashion world by storm. This lavish volume includes 150 iconic and many never-before-published photographs by Avedon, his most indelible images of Dior fashions and portraits from the 1940’s through the 70’s, featuring glamorous models and celebrities, including Marlene Dietrich, Suzy Parker, Sunny Hartnett, Dovima, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Dorian Leigh, Capucine, Lauren Hutton, Anjelica Huston, and Barbra Streisand.
Richard Avedon, Dovima With Elephants, Evening Dress by Christian Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, August 1955, Courtesy and © The Richard Avedon Foundation. The most distinguishing series of Avedon’s Paris fashion photographs were unquestionably those of the model Dovima posing in a long sheath dress between the elephants of the Cirque d’Hiver menagerie in 1955, for Harper’s Bazaar.
Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, Dress by Dior, Place de la Concorde, Paris, August 1956, Courtesy and © The Richard Avedon Foundation.
Avedon’s images document Dior’s fashion, as well as fashion history, with an eye for moments of grace, drama, and humor, as well as a mastery of light and contrast. Avedon masterfully captures the essence of Dior’s elegant designs, the style and personality of the iconic women who wore them, and incredible moments in photography that will intrigue photography, art, and fashion lovers alike. This enchanting tale is told in images and through the recollections of Jacqueline de Ribes, a discriminating fashion figure, as well as through the learned pens of Justine Picardie, author and editor-in-chief of British Harper’s Bazaar, and Olivier Saillard, fashion historian and director of the Palais Galliera, who wrote the afterword.
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