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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Martin, Richard (Richard Harrison).
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, 1996
|Named Person:||Christian Dior; Christian Dior|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Richard Martin; Harold Koda; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
|ISBN:||0870998226 9780870998225 0870998234 9780870998232 0810965062 9780810965065|
|Notes:||"Published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Christian Dior, ' held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from December 9, 1996 through March 23, 1997"--Title page verso.|
|Description:||201,  pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm|
|Responsibility:||Richard Martin and Harold Koda ; photographs by Karin L. Willis.|
Authors Richard Martin and Harold Koda, curator and associate curator, respectively, of The Costume Institute, present that corpus chronologically, and they also consider each piece as an artistic attainment and the whole as an artistic enterprise. Dior is viewed through his personal aesthetic: attention is paid to his deliberate stylistic evolution, his historicism, and his characteristic style gestures, called "Diorisms." Thus, Dior is reconsidered as a designer of artistic conviction and cautious style. Without denying Dior his magic, the photographs and texts in this book show him as a designer of skilled system and intelligence. The suite of more than 150 photographs, made expressly for this volume and published here for the first time, document the greatest collection of Dior's work in the world, which resides in The Costume Institute.