16 April 2018

Book Alert: Dior By Marc Bohan

Dior has released their latest coffee-table book, Dior by Marc Bohan 1961-1989. Published by Assouline, this is the third in the Christian Dior L’Anthologie series of 7 books in commemoration of the House’s 70th Anniversary. Every book in the series, released in chronological order, documents one of the designer’s illustrious careers when they served at the Maison’s creative helm.

Christian Dior L'anthologie 70th Anniversary Book Series Assouline

As the Maison’s third Creative Director after Christian Dior himself, and Yves Saint Laurent, Bohan’s best known collection for Dior was the one he presented in 1966, inspired by Dr Zhivago.He also introduced the Slim Look in 1961, where “The silhouette is supple, slim, the shoulders are natural, the waist sinuous, the hips are very flat. The skirts flare gently in an alert movement and stop just below the knee”. This homage to Bohan features hundreds of archival images of his designs shot by Laziz Hamani, as well as descriptive portraits of 40 of his dresses by writer and journalist Jérôme Hanover.

Rosine Dress, Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 1961
Green Park Wool Dress Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 1961
Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1966
Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1969
Haute Couture Spring Summer 1966
Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1969
Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1972
Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 1976
Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1983
Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1983
Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 1986

Also no stranger to the world of royalty, first ladies, and socialites, his clients include Princess Grace of Monaco, Betsy Bloomingdale, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Princess Caroline of Monaco (whose wedding dress he designed). In 2009, the House of Dior paid tribute to Bohan by hosting a retrospective at the Musee Christian Dior at Granville.

To make sophisticated clothes simply, with a touch of insolence even now and then


The fashion tome was released earlier this week in Europe, with its international release to follow, on April 23rd. Stay tuned for the other dedicated books on Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri, which will be published later this year.


Images courtesy of Dior