First Look: An Opulent Decade of Dior Haute Couture

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Photo: Mark Shaw?Dior Glamour?Rizzoli New York 2013courtesy of mptvimages.com

For anyone who has spent even a millisecond dreaming of entering the hallowed halls of Christian Dior’s Paris atelier for a haute couture fitting, Rizzoli’s upcoming book Dior Glamour will more than fulfill that fantasy. The decadent tome offers a seductive, behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous creations from the house’s “Divine Decade,” 1952 to 1962, captured by photographer Mark Shaw, who worked for Life magazine during the time. The book is stuffed with over 140 rich black-and-white and color photographs — including many that have never been published before — of models, socialites, and actresses wearing everything from romantic ball gowns to full-skirted day ensembles to wedding dresses at dress rehearsals, presentations, salon shoots, editorial-type shoots, and more. Click through the slideshow to take a quick dip into the decadent annals of couture history. For those eager for more, the book will hit shelves at the end of month.

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“1955 dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute-Couture collection, H line.”

“Evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1953 Haute Couture collection, Vivante line.”

“Autumn-Winter 1953 Haute Couture collection, Vivante line.”

“Autumn-Winter 1953 Haute Couture collection, Vivante line.”

“Ensemble from the Spring-Summer 1960 Haute Couture collection, Silhouette de demain line.”

“Conspiration ensemble, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line.”

Romance dress, Spring-Summer 1960 Haute Couture collection, Silhouette de demain line.”

“The iconic Kouka modeling Bohan’s wedding dress in Dior’s Grand Salon. In her opinion, ‘the fashion house was temple-like,’ a world of good taste and general excellence.”

First Look: A Decade of Dior Haute Couture