2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Dior. To celebrate this landmark, the house has opened a vast and ambitious couture exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, but those who can’t make the hop over to Paris might want to pick up a copy of journalist Alexander Fury’s latest book: an encyclopaedic documentation of the 180 collections produced over the past seven decades. Covering Dior’s beginnings—the 1947 New Look is there, and so too is the invention of the famous H, A, and Y lines—it moves chronologically through the designers who have helmed the house, all the way up to Raf Simons and current artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, with a 250-page stop-off dedicated solely to John Galliano’s tenure. Before you immerse yourself in the world of Dior: The Collections, Fury has other literary suggestions too, and has exclusively compiled a reading list for V.F. of the books that have inspired him over the years.
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