Fashion & Beauty

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

An extraordinary book celebrating the unique connection between the House of Dior and the United States.  

Published on the occasion of the retrospective staged at the Brooklyn Museum, this new title chronicles the history of the House of Dior from 1947, when Chris-tian Dior heralded the birth of a new era of elegance with his revolutionary New Look, to the present day, with a special focus on the House’s legacy in America.
Featuring a sophisticated Swiss binding, this book presents the exhibition’s highlights with creations by Christian Dior and the artistic directors who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. Captured by artist Katerina Jebb, some of the House’s most legendary designs are displayed in highly unique images. A portfolio of iconic photographs by American masters—including Richard Avedon, Cass Bird, Henry Clarke, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Zoë Ghertner, Ethan James Green, Tyler Mitchell, Irving Penn, and many more—underscores Dior’s undeniable cultural influence.

About The Author

Anne Pasternak is Shelby White and Leon Levy Director at the Brooklyn Museum. Florence Müller is the Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion at the Denver Art Museum. Maureen Footer is an American design historian and writer. She is the author of Dior and His Decorators (Vendome Press, 2018). Jérôme Gautier is Director of Publishing at Christian Dior. He is the author of Dior New Looks (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Matthew Yokobosky is Senior Curator, Fashion and Material Culture, at the Brooklyn Museum. Katerina Jebb is a British artist working in several mediums.  

  • Publish Date: September 28, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Electa
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11-4/5
  • Pages: 264
  • US Price: $60.00
  • CDN Price: $80.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-7175-9


"This version contains much more detailed information that was not exposed in the first telling, which is why the reader must read the text rather than think this is just one more glorious coffee table book featuring the creations of Maison Dior designed by all who held the reins since day one." —NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

"The Brooklyn Museum's upcoming Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is one of the fall's most anticipated exhibitions, and this catalogue is a perfect way to bring the show—which features more than 200 haute couture garments in addition to sketches, videos, photos, and other items—home with you." —TOWN & COUNTRY

"It wouldn’t be a Rizzoli publication if weren’t illustrated with outstanding illustrations and photographs, and these from artist Katerina Jebb (shown) and the world’s most famous photographers do indeed dazzle. . . The book concludes with a terrific portfolio of photographs from America’s most celebrated masters—including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Bert Stern, Horst, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Annie Liebovitz and Deborah Turbeville—who captured celebrated beauties, top models (from Dovima to Christy Turlington), famous actresses (Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, to name just two) and rock stars (Rihanna) wearing Dior from the 1950s until today." —MYLITTLEBIRD.COM

Author Bookshelf: Anne Pasternak

Author Bookshelf: Florence Müller

Author Bookshelf: Maureen Footer

Author Bookshelf: Matthew Yokobosky