Elie Rabourdin & Alice Chavane, with Christian Dior.
London. Hutchinson. 1954. First British Edition. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 100 pages. 8 hors-texte plates on blue paper, reproducing fashion drawings by Dior. 190 x 130mm (7½ x 5"). 0.3kg. English. Very good; some light shelf wear to dust jacket with a few small nicks to the edges, some spotting and browning to reverse of jacket and endpapers, text clean and free of inscriptions.
Scarce with the dust jacket. A charming book in which Christian Dior, in his own words, tells the story of his rise to the top of Haute Couture and how it works at the top. With chapters including The Collection is Born, The Show Begins, The Client, Strictly Businessand New Look at the Future this is a fascinating insider's account of the twentieth-century Parisian fashion world.' For this book, leaving the recording of official facts and figures of his career to more formal biographers, we have taken one of the most eminent personalities of the day - Christian Dior - and persuaded him to tell us the "inside story" of his work and methods, his thoughts and tastes. When our descendants wish to recapture the essential genius of the man whose designs dictated the fashions of the woman of the twentieth century, they will know none of our vain longings and fruitless regrets. They will have only to open this book.' (from the Publisher's Preface).