Working as a costume designer before he started his own couture line in 1946, Dior was fascinated by film, and dressed stars such Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor during the golden age of Hollywood. The actresses were such faithful clients they asked to be dressed in his designs on camera too – and thus Dior has featured in an impressive 90 plus movies.
It’s this love affair between fashion and film that has inspired a gorgeous coffee table book, Stars in Dior. Featuring 240 pages of glossy images, the book looks at Dior’s movie muses modern and old, from Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe, to current campaign girls Natalie Portman and Marion Cotillard.
The book will be released to coincide with an exhibition of the same name - Stars In Dior - opening in France at the Christian Dior Museum from May 12 until September 23. Can’t make it over to Paris? Here’s a sneak peek at some of the beautiful images from the book.
Charlize Theron, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, in a black satin dress, Christian Dior Ready-to-wear collection by John Galliano Autumn–Winter 2008. © Alexi Lubomirski
In Alfred Hitchcock’s Stage Fright, Marlene Dietrich reportedly demanded of her director: “No Dior, no Dietrich!” Hitchcock gave in to the star’s demands, as her contract required a Dior wardrobe (which she was allowed to keep after the end of shooting). © Rue des Archives/BCA
Natalie Portman, photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, in an embroidered silk dress, Christian Dior Haute Couture collection by John Galliano, Autumn–Winter 2009. © Alexi Lubomirski.
Charlize Theron photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in the Galerie des Glaces at the Château de Versailles, 2012. © Patrick Demarchelier.
Stars In Dior costs £45 and will be released in May this year.
Words: Lauren Smith