Dior The Art of Color

In 1949, with the first ‘Rouge Dior’ lipsticks, the House on Avenue Montaigne saw its Beauty hisstory begin, indelibly linked to color. A striking silhouette and scarlet lips were the original, infallible weapons of the New Look and triumphant femininity.

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Dior celebrates its passion for color in this book, inviting the major names behind the House Make-up to take inspiration from 12 key shades, illustrated in sumptuous photographs, and to compare them to great works of art.

An exquisite ode to color. This book presents the history of Dior cosmetics placed within contexts of fashion and art. Divided into twelve chapters (White, Silver, Nude, Pink, Red, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Gray, and Black) Dior: The Art of Color show- cases not only the sometimes glamorous, sometimes natural cosmetics, but also the aesthetics of color, which was the source of inspiration for so much of Dior’s creations.

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The evolution of color through the ages is presented with iconic works from renowned artists and fifty years of Dior makeup and advertising campaigns- including creations from some of the greats in the field, such as Serge Lutens, Tyen, and the current head of Dior Makeup, Peter Philips-captured by master photographers such as Irving Penn, Guy Bourdin, and Richard Burbridge.

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 11, 2016)
  • Language: English (also availble in French edition)
  • ISBN-10: 0847849341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847849345

With a highly engaging text and never-before-seen imagery, this is a book that no student of fashion or art should be without. If you love photography, makeup, Dior, fashion, or color, then this book is a must and sets a high bar for the genre as well as competing brands

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Giorgio Armani by Giorgio Armani

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The maestro of clothing himself, Mr. Giorgio Armani is releasing a self-titled book with Rizzoli (Click photo to enlarge).

Italian fashion designer, Giorgio Armani’s autobiography was unveiled on the eve of his eponymous fashion house’s 40th-anniversary after his Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 runway show. Published by Rizzoli New York, covers the designer’s personal life, house’s history, the creative process behind the designer’s collections and his impact on women’s fashion and red-carpet glamour.

Giorgio Armani was born in 1934 in Piacenza, Italy. The ravages of World War II marred his childhood, where the young Armani lived in fear of being bombed. He describes how he felt robbed of his youth, never having the carefree upbringing of so many other children. His father worked at the Fascist headquarters, and Armani notes that his father’s required fascist uniform inspired him, along with the black and white movies that were his escape.

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Sergio Galeotti and Giorgio Armani, 1978 (Click photo to enlarge).

Chronicling his life from war-stricken beginnings to the building of his clothing empire that soon became known and revered the world round, you can immerse yourself in Armani’s world.

Giorgio Armani promises to delve into the usually guarded private life of its author. Beyond juicy tidbits previously unknown to the public, the book also takes a look at the slow but steady rise of the Armani Empire. Highlights are discussed from his first real brush with fashion working at a department store in Milan to the founding of his own label and the creative process behind each Armani collection.

Also included written text by Armani and more than 100 images images by renowned photographers including Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, and  Annie Leibovitz, meant to reflect each moment in Armani’s life. A type of narrative exists, allowing you to experience the world through Armani’s eyes.

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This beautiful book retails at $150, as well as a $350 for the deluxe edition that includes a signed and numbered print. Giorgio Armani is available to purchase now.

by Jean Amr

‘Dior: The Perfumes’ by Rizzoli

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Famous for creating some of the most breathtaking ball gowns in history, Dior also boasts a strong background in making the world’s most attractive scents – something explored in a beautiful new book.

Born in 1947 at the same time as the label’s famous New Look, the Miss Dior fragrance launched a long and quite magnificent history of Dior perfumes. And now, for the first time ever, the house is dedicating a book solely to its beautifully scented fragrances, and has called on American author and scent specialist, Chandler Burr to write it.

 

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Dior, The Perfumes recounts the unusual, rich history of a house made legendary by its fragrant creations, unfolding perfume by perfume, in eighteen chapters over 300 pages on the art of perfume. It’s three major themes are ‘Christian Dior and the Artist’, ‘From Granville to Grasse’, and ‘Perfume: Behind-the-Scenes’. All the Dior codes and brand DNA values are covered, as are the designer’s friendships, his taste for the arts, gardens and flowers.

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Each Dior perfume is described in detail and is seen as an essential creative building block in the Dior legend, in a beautiful coffee table tome, out now.

 

 

 

New ‘Stars in Dior’ by Rizzoli

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What makes a person style icon. I suppose it’s been in  reaction to the ubiquitous Alexa Chung and her new title as British Fashion Council’s Young Style Ambassador and of types such as Olivia Palermo, model, rich girl socialite and ex-reality TV show member of ‘The City’ or even Katy Perry who terming both ‘style’ and ‘icon’ is laughable in the extreme despite her recent unwise front row Chanel appearance.

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It used to be that women (and men!) named style icons were lauded for their talent be it acting, voice, writing ability or other and their natural (self) style which became a moniker and a signpost of their image. Pre-stylists foisting image and designers throwing free clothes upon them, stars such as Grace Kelly, Gina Lollobrigida, Marlene Deitrich, Marilyn Monroe and Katharine Hepburn chose their image and carefully kept to its confines, using it to reinforce their stardom and their kudos. Style was an adjunct to their abilities and how they conducted themselves, not the sole reason for their existence or their many column inches.

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Today, it seems that many self modelled style icons seek validation and reify themselves by being no more than clothing puppets, raising their stakes in global fashion media, neither aligning themselves to one design house or other, chopping and changing their loyalties to whomever will dress them willingly and often freely. No sooner has someone glimpsed fame than the hungry media from gossip mags to glossies and the marketing needs of designer brands to high street, leap on the chance of a new find with whom to bind themselves. We can see this in the case of the gorgeous Lana Del Rey who had barely released her first album and already featured in multitudes of fashion editorials and even had a Mulberry bag named after her (why??). It may not be Hermes, but still…

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True style icons, in a time they bought their clothes by themselves. Left picture: Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III (left) with her stepdaughter-in-law actress Rita Hayworth (middle), and picture right: Marlene Dietrich (middle)

Style by association is now revered instead of reviled. Many who have little style (Diana Vickers anyone?) and who may be little more than vacuous clothes horses are paid to feature front row at catwalk shows further denigrating the notion of self style, elegance and class and also of loyalty to a design House. Which is why the strongest brands today are niche brands such as Balenciaga, Celine and Haider Ackerman who, strong in their own personality, choose carefully and who don’t need the same front row footloose brand harlots to parade their wares, unyielding to those celebrities who see themselves as commodities and sell themselves to the highest or most frequent bidders.

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Similarly, labels such as Dior still have weight when it comes to who wears their wares. Over the years, Dior have groomed only the best and have a long history of the most beautiful and sought after women in the world wearing the label. Her Highness the Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III, aka Yvette Labrousse, former Miss France, who knew exactly what fits her. Women like Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Kim Novak, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor have all starred in the greatest films shot by the finest directors and were dressed to match their role, by Dior Haute Couture.

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To celebrate this fact Dior’s latest release (published by Rizzoli, New York), ‘Stars in Dior’ features such screen goddesses at the height of their fame as well as modern stars such as Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Kirsten Dunst, Penelope Cruz and Monica Bellucci. Times may have changed but Dior honours its past by choosing wisely.

Christian Dior started out as a costume designer even before his couture house was founded in 1946 so it’s no surprise that Dior’s filmography is impressive featuring in more than 90 films.

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A book paying homage to the glamour of cinema and its relationship with the leading couture house Dior. The selection of previously unpublished beautiful behind-the-scenes photographes shows many of cinema’s greatest stars, clothed by Dior and captured by some of the biggest names in fashion photography.

Check out some true style icons in ‘Stars in Dior’, released in Europe in May and in the USA in September. Imagery featured taken from this book and supplied by Dior.