Couture genius Christian Dior famously said, “After woman, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” The newest book about the legend, Dior in Bloom (Flammarion, 2020), explores in detail the designer’s passion for flowers and gardens—the gowns, the perfumes, the makeup, the jewelry, the ad campaigns, Dior’s château gardens—it’s all inside.
We appreciate the opening pages, where the voices of five House of Dior artistic directors explore the designer’s legacy. The current creative director of ready-to-wear, haute couture, and accessories collections, Maria Grazia Chiuri, explains how she honors Dior today. “In my collections, flowers pay tribute to the identity and heritage of the House of Dior, but they also allow me to communicate, in some way, with Monsieur Dior, who had the extraordinary ability to integrate this deep passion—born within the family fold—into his work. By making flowers a metaphor for today’s woman, I seek to combine beauty and determination.”
Book review by Alice Welsh Doyle
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