Something beautiful to adorn your desk, bookcase, dresser, coffee table: a three volume retrospective on the house of Dior. Each volume focuses on a different facet of the label: perfume, jewelry, and, of course, fashion. Dior's influential history is no secret—does ever a fashion week that goes by where the phrase "echoes of Dior's New Look," or "New Look silhouette," isn't uttered? Who does not instantly recognize the slinky gold-ringed bottle of Dior J'Adore perfume (currently personified by Charlize Theron)?
What sets this trio apart from other Dior histories, however, is the people involved. Caroline Bogrand, formerly editor in chief of one of our French favorites, L'Officiel, wrote the fashion volume and her former coworker, Jerome Hanover, penned volumes two and three, Dior fine jewelry and perfume. Prosper Assouline's company, which exclusively deals with books-as-art, is the publisher. "All of my books are going to more expensive. I'm going to make them with the best paper, the best everything in order to make them more and more exclusive," Assouline informed us of his publishing house mantra when we interviewed him in July of 2010.