John Galliano for Dior

Fairer, Robert, Webb, Iain R., Talley, André Leon, Bowles, Hamish and Cullen, Oriole (2019) John Galliano for Dior. London, U.K. : Thames & Hudson. 432p. ISBN 9780500022405


John Galliano for Dior is the first publication entirely dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary designs by iconoclast John Galliano for the legendary House of Dior. Galliano’s designs, which have become collectors’ items, form a key chapter of the history of the house of Dior, described as ‘the greatest house in the world’. This critical appraisal references the personal archive (a recurring feature in Webb’s practice), notably those of the subject (John Galliano), the photographer (Robert Fairer), and the author (Webb). The genesis of the text for this sole-authored book that accompanies Fairer’s previously unseen backstage images, is research from Webb’s own archive, amassed over four decades during his career at the forefront of the fashion industry, and represents a culmination of the author’s commitment to the promotion of the importance of the archive as material culture, as methodology and as providing an individual insight into creative thinking. The text takes the form of painstakingly assembled commentaries, each presenting a study of specific collections, highlighting particular garments and ensembles along with an analysis of environment and staging. John Galliano for Dior unfolds chronologically, revisiting the most iconic creations and revealing previously unseen behind-the-scenes moments that capture models, hairdressers, stylists, make-up artists, musicians, show producers and Galliano himself at their most creative. Described as both a ‘treasure trove’ and ‘must-have reference’ the book is a valuable and illuminating analysis for both colleagues and students, especially those working in areas of fashion design, journalism and visual communication.

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