For your Christian Dior library

29/04/2012

Dior library: Christian Dior et moi | Dior by Dior, Dior by Alexandra Palmer, The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman, Christian Dior: The Biography, Dior by Farid Chenoune, Christian Dior - The Man Behind The Myth via fashioned by love
It’s the last day of the Christian Dior fashion week and I am going to spend it talking about some of the best books and documentaries that would make a great addition to any fashion library. The most frustrating thing about fashion literature is that many books do not ever get published twice, so once the moment is gone, it’s very difficult to acquire a decent copy.

Whenever it comes to making the right choice, I tend to go for the titles that allow me to learn more about a person himself rather than his fashions. Although the designs and collections are indeed important and incredibly fascinating to study, it is the life and mind of a designer that I am most interested it because, lets face it, this is the best way to understand the magic behind each dress or accessory way beyond the beautiful facade.

Christian Dior et moi | Dior by Dior is a must-have. Written by Christian Dior himself, this book provides some valuable insides into his life and creative process. If you savour it, you will also come across some of the most wonderful quotes.

The French version is a beautiful hardback and has the benefit of added imagery, so if you speak French, it's a must have.

Christian Dior et moi | Dior by Dior
Dior by Alexandra Palmer is on top of my list for the amount of details and information it provides. It’s incredibly well researched and accompanied by beautiful images and documents from the house archives.

Dior by Alexandra Palmer


Christian Dior: The Biography by Marie-France Pochna is like a beautifully written novel that you can read in bed and lose yourself on its pages. In a way, it reminded me of Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie – there’s something special about the melody of wording, the way the story flows and takes you away on the journey through life of an extraordinary man, not just a designer.

The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman is a charming little tome written by Monsieur Dior. It is full of quotes and advice on how to look chic and stylish. Yes, the book may be 50+ years old, but it proves that true style has not time frames. The quotes are absolutely precious.
The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman

Dior by Farid Chenoune is still on my wish list as the best book for beautiful images and details of the dresses created during the 60-year history of the house.

Dior by Farid Chenoune
Dior by Farid Chenoune

Christian Dior - The Man Behind The Myth is a documentary that includes a lot of the original footage and interviews. You can watch the trailer on youtube.

Photo source: dior.com

Christian Dior

27/04/2012

Christian Dior
Writing a story about Christian Dior isn’t an easy task and somewhat pointless

The story of Christian Dior stockings

26/04/2012

Stylish quote

25/04/2012

Dior Couture in Couture report | 10 Magazine June 2009 (photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans)
"Fashion is always right - it has a fundamental rightness which those who create it, like those who follow it, often know nothing about."

Christian Dior

Photo source: Dior Couture in Couture report | 10 Magazine June 2009 (photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans)

The story of Christian Dior perfumes

24/04/2012

Christian Dior Diorama vintage perfume ad by Rene Gruau via fashioned by love
“A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” Christian Dior

Celebrating Dior

23/04/2012

Izabel Goulart wearing Christian Dior in Happy Birthday Dior | Elle UK October 2007 (photography: Bert Stern, styling: Aleksandra Woroniecka) wearing John Galliano for Dior Fall/Winter 2007
Christian Dior by John Galliano Fall/Winter 2007

In 2007 the house of Dior celebrated its 60th and John Galliano’s 10th anniversaries. To mark such an important moment in the history of the Maison, British Elle asked Bert Stern, a fashion photographer famous for the images of Marilyn Monroe in Dior taken during the three-day "Last Sitting" session, to create a story based on the looks from the past collections and showcase some of the most memorable Dior designs that stood the test of time.

In 2012, after two months of deliberation, I've made a decision to use the editorial as my first post of the "Dior series". Talking about Dior was, indeed, an obvious choice, yet almost a cliche for anyone and everyone would have written something about the designer by now. Finally, the decision was made... 

If you love Dior as much as I do and know a lot about him, then enjoy the imagery and treat it as a refresher. And if you are only just beginning to discover the world of fashion, the story of Dior is certainly one of those you need to be familiar with.
Izabel Goulart wearing Christian Dior in Happy Birthday Dior | Elle UK October 2007 (photography: Bert Stern, styling: Aleksandra Woroniecka) wearing John Galliano for Dior Fall/Winter 2007
Christian Dior by John Galliano Fall/Winter 2007
Izabel Goulart wearing Christian Dior in Happy Birthday Dior | Elle UK October 2007 (photography: Bert Stern, styling: Aleksandra Woroniecka) wearing Yves Saint Laurent for Dior 1960
Christian Dior by Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 1960
Izabel Goulart wearing Christian Dior in Happy Birthday Dior | Elle UK October 2007 (photography: Bert Stern, styling: Aleksandra Woroniecka) wearing Christian Dior 1953 jacket and Gianfranco Ferre for Dior 1994 bow scarf
Christian Dior Spring/Summer 1953 (coat) & Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferre 1994 bow created for Sophia Loren’s character in the Net-a-Porter movie
Izabel Goulart wearing Christian Dior in Happy Birthday Dior | Elle UK October 2007 (photography: Bert Stern, styling: Aleksandra Woroniecka) wearing Marc Bohan for Christian Dior  1963
Christian Dior by Marc Bohan 1963
Izabel Goulart wearing Christian Dior in Happy Birthday Dior | Elle UK October 2007 (photography: Bert Stern, styling: Aleksandra Woroniecka) wearing Christian Dior 1956/57 dress and Christian Dior 1950 hat
Christian Dior Fall/Winter 1956/1957 dress & Christian Dior Fall/Winter 1950 hat
Izabel Goulart wearing Christian Dior in Happy Birthday Dior | Elle UK October 2007 (photography: Bert Stern, styling: Aleksandra Woroniecka) wearing Christian Dior Fall/Winter 1948
Christian Dior Fall/Winter 1948
Izabel Goulart wearing Christian Dior in Happy Birthday Dior | Elle UK October 2007 (photography: Bert Stern, styling: Aleksandra Woroniecka) wearing Christian Dior
Printed off-white jacket by Christian Dior 

Photo source: Izabel Goulart wearing Christian Dior in Happy Birthday Dior | Elle UK October 2007 (photography: Bert Stern, styling: Aleksandra Woroniecka)

My favourite fashion apps for iPad

20/04/2012

I promise, this is the last iPad-related post for a while, but I just had, I really had to share some of my favourite finds with you. When I first got my iPad, I downloaded dozens of fashion and style related applications. These are the ones I tried, tested and chose to keep because they are either very useful and interesting or simply because they are very beautiful.

STYLE.COM A must-have for anyone interested in fashion. You get an access to 10 years worth of ready-to-wear and haute couture shows, beautiful runaway images, videos and party coverage. {free}
THE CUT The latest news, catwalk reports and looks to inspire. {free}

THE COLLECTION Created by the New York Times, it merges the news, trends, street reports and catwalk shows - all beautifully presented on your screen in a click-on-picture-to-find-out-more format. {free}

THE DAILY W Your daily dose of W magazine featuring exclusive fashion content, latest news, celebrity interviews, accessories reports, beauty and travel advise and occasional giveaways from the top designers. Includes a very useful Favourites folder that allows you to keep everything you’d like to remember in one place. {free)

LOVE MAGAZINE Allows you to download the latest issue. Includes videos, editorial photo coverage and interviews. I really love the simple and clean presentation. {free}

INTERVIEW View the original magazine content that comes alive on your screen. Absolutely brilliant! {free}

SELF SERVICE Another wonderful addition for the fashion library as it allows you to read the magazine on your iPad without having to run around looking for a print copy, which may not always be easy to find. editorials come alive when you least expect it. {free}

THE EVER CHANGING FACE OF BEAUTY Presented by W magazine and created by Sølve Sundsbø this interactive video features Lara Stone and David Agbodji. Enchanting and magical, very much like a dream. If you don’t feel like starting at your screen, you can simply enjoy the music by James Lavelle and Charlie May. Or have a little play by sliding parts of an on-screen image to create something quite unique. {free}

DIOR DAIRY An electronic diary with a very chic layout that includes images from Dior’s Be Iconic campaign. {free}

VALENTINO Everything you want to know about the brand: latest collections, look books, fashion show videos, ad campaign and video news. {free}

TOD’S: AN ITALIAN DREAM A short movie celebrating the quality and traditions of “Made in Italy” craftsmanship. Dancing on Teatro alla Scala’s famous stage and throughout the theatre’s balconies and corridors, thirteen ballet dancers from Teatro alla Scala directed by Matthias Zentner and choreographed by Gianluca Schiavoni, interpret the passion and creative talent of the Tod’s artisans. Includes behind the scenes and craftsmanship videos. {free}

MY LITTLE PARIS Not so much about fashion, but it’s just such a beautiful app that I have to add it to the list. Includes charming illustration by Japanese illustrator Kanako Kuno, e-cards, 360 degree views of the city from the roof tops, secret addresses and interactive features. {free}
Photo source: The Independent

Stylish quote

18/04/2012

Caroline Trentini in Alexander The Great | Vogue US May 2011 (photography: Steven Meisel, styling: Grace Coddington)
"A dress could be seen as a piece of art, but a piece of art with added value in its functionality."

Consuelo Castiglioni

Photo source: Caroline Trentini in Alexander The Great | Vogue US May 2011 (photography: Steven Meisel, styling: Grace Coddington)

Franca Sozzani on fashion and eating disorders

12/04/2012

Franca Sozzani
A few days ago Franca Sozzani, the editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue who was recently

Stylish quote

11/04/2012

Karen Elson in Fuzzy logic | Vogue US September 2005 (photography: Tim Walker, styling: Tabitha Simmons)
"Fashion is not properly a matter of taste (for it may be extremely antagonistic to taste), but a matter of mere vanity in order to appear distinguished."

Immanuel Kant

Photo source: Karen Elson in Fuzzy logic | Vogue US September 2005 (photography: Tim Walker, styling: Tabitha Simmons)

Natalia Vodianova in Vogue Italia 2008

09/04/2012

Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Today I am overindulging in a beautiful imagery, silk and taffeta, folds and pleats so plentiful and haute, it can only be couture, the simple gorgeousness of nature that makes you smile, and, of course, Natalia Vodianova photographed by Bruce Weber back in 2008 for this “Outlaw couture” story.

Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)
Photo source: Natalia Vodianova in Outlaw couture | Vogue Italia March 2008 (photography: Bruce Weber, styling: Anne Christensen)

Stylish quote

04/04/2012

Karlie Kloss in 25 Magazine Spring 2010 (photography: Marcin Tyszka)
"Above all, remember that the most important thin you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it's an open mind."

Gail Rubin

Photo source: Karlie Kloss in 25 Magazine Spring 2010 (photography: Marcin Tyszka)