The House of Dior is celebrating its 70th anniversary by honoring each of its iconic designers throughout history with a series of reference books.
Each of the seven books will be dedicated to a particular designer, featuring Christian Dior, who founded his eponymous label in 1946; Yves Saint Laurent, who took over after Dior’s death in 1957; and Marc Bohan, who stepped in when Saint Laurent was called up for military service in 1960.
Gianfranco Ferré, who became the first Italian to head up the house in 1989, and John Galliano, who took up the role in 1996 and served fifteen years before departing in 2011, will also get their own volumes.
Belgian designer Raf Simons, who acted as the house’s Creative Director from 2012 to 2015, and Maria Grazia Chiuri, who was unveiled as the first woman to be given the job in July this year, will complete the collection.
The first volume of the series, 'Dior by Christian Dior', will feature the most iconic haute couture designs created by the house's founder, featuring fashion pieces conserved in museums and institutions across the world, shot by photographer Laziz Hamani and accompanied by texts from the author and fashion historian Olivier Saillard.
Set for release in December this year, the publication will serve as a complete chronology of the designer’s work at the house, from his groundbreaking debut Spring/Summer 1947 collection famously known as the "New Look" to his final "Fuseau" Fall/Winter 1957 line.
The remainder of the series, published by Assouline, will be released in 2017 and 2018.