Dior’s Sweet 60

The Dior team came to town this week to toast the release of the mammoth tome timed to the Paris house’s 60th anniversary. The Assouline imprint is worth its weight (that of a couple of small poodles). And it succeeds in its claim as the definitive anthology with 384 pages of awe-inspiring sketches and photographs (Irving Penn, Nick Knight, Laziz Hamani, etal). The endless, gorgeous images evoke the genius of these celebrated men who’ve helmed the storied haute couture atelier, from the namesake to Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré and, now, John Galliano–heralded by his top boss Bernard Arnault in the preface as the second coming of Christian. There’s even a complete list of the 120 haute couture collections, including dates, themes and designers. Beat as I was when I got home late the evening before the Wednesday party at the Rodeo flagship, the copy waiting on my doorstep (wrapped in white glossy paper and a wide satin logo ribbon) might as well been a double shot of espresso. At least it made me forget John Stewart was relegated to reruns…

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