Alexandra Palmer
V&A Publishing, London, 2009, English
Nonfiction, Fashion Design
ISBN: 9781851775781
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Claire Wilcox

Designers need to know the history of their discipline, and this examination of the Dior fashion house (1947–57) by the leading curatorial authority provides just that. Palmer (who also authored the excellent Couture & Commerce: The Transatlantic Fashion Trade in the 1950s, 2001) had unrivaled access to Dior's archives. What is remarkable is how in just ten years Christian Dior set the model for fashion houses of the future, while retaining all that was commercially and creatively successful in prewar couture.

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