© STARS IN DIOR, Rizzoli New York, 2012
Foreword by Serge Toubiana, Introduction by Florence Müller, Text by Jérôme Hanover
Cover: Charlize Theron, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, wearing a dress inspired by a design from the Christian Dior Prêt-à-porter collection by John Galliano, Fall-Winter 2008. © Alexi Lubomirski.
“No Dior, no Dietrich!” Marlene Dietrich famously told Alfred Hitchcock, a director to whom few would have dared dictate such a demand, but such was the glamorous actress’s devotion to Christian Dior, a dedication many stars have since found equally irresistible.
Starting in 1942, the house of Dior has garnered an impressive filmography, including over 90 films dressing the most ravishing stars in cinematic history—both on and off screen. Christian Dior was fascinated by film and most notably became a costume designer even before his couture house was created in 1946.
In addition to Marlene Dietrich, the house has dressed Sophia Loren, Olivia de Havilland, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Seberg, and many more—stunning leading ladies who starred in the greatest films, shot by the finest directors, including Joseph Losey, Jean-Pierre Melville, Marcel Carné, Henri Verneuil, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Pedro Almodovar and many others, all dressed in the most amazing couture creations by the House of Dior.
Not only faithful clients of Dior Haute Couture, Perfumes, and Make-Up, many of these Hollywood stars were close friends of Christian Dior, and in some cases, his successors too, so it was quite natural that they should ask to be dressed in Dior for their appearances on screen and on the red carpet at celebrated movie ceremonies held around the world—the Academy Awards, the César Awards, and the Golden Globes.
Times have changed but the passion for Dior stays the same. Today, the house brilliantly taps contemporary cinema greats such as Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, Monica Bellucci and Melanie Laurent for its advertising campaigns. The book devotes a special place to the iconic J’adore advertising campaign starring Charlize Theron, in which cinema magic seems to bring screen legends Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly back to life.
Film stills, location shots, photographs and portraits of actresses—archival and contemporary—the 250 illustrations in the book take us deep into the most glamorous intersection between the worlds of film and fashion.
Stars in Dior is an absorbing look at the intimate relationship the couture house has enjoyed with Hollywood royalty for well over five decades illustrated with hundreds of examples of stunning gowns worn by stars like Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Olivia de Havilland, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Seberg, and Marilyn Monroe, to Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, and Monica Bellucci.
This book is a Must-Read for all fashion and film enthusiasts!