New Book

Classic Christian Dior

American photographer Mark Shaw had exclusive access to the house of Dior in Paris in the Fifties and Sixties. A gorgeous new book highlights his best work. 

© Mark Shaw, Dior Glamour, Rizzoli New York 2013, courtesy of mptvimages.com

© Mark Shaw, Dior Glamour, Rizzoli New York 2013, courtesy of mptvimages.com

Mark Shaw was well-known for his photographs of the Kennedys -- his best-selling book, The John F. Kennedys: A Family Album, has helped shape the way we remember the iconic American family. But Shaw was also an important fashion photographer in his day, working for numerous publications including LIFE, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, and Mademoiselle. For many years, he was given exclusive access into the couture house of Christian Dior in its heyday, where he captured behind-the-scenes fittings, runway shows, and portraits of models, socialites, and actresses posing in Dior's romantic full-skirted "New Look" day-dresses, impeccably cut tailleurs (women’s suits), and dramatic ball gowns. A gorgeous new book, Dior Glamour, which will be released with Rizzoli later this month, features the glorious pictures (some of them never-before-seen) and a preface by Lee Radziwill.

© Mark Shaw, Dior Glamour, Rizzoli New York 2013, courtesy of mptvimages.com

Hyménée Wedding Dress

Shaw attends a fashion show inside the Dior's Grand Salon, where he captured an other-worldly white dress for the Spring/Summer 1961 collection modeled by the brand's loyal model, Kouka.

© Mark Shaw, Dior Glamour, Rizzoli New York 2013, courtesy of mptvimages.com

Romance Dress

This Spring / Summer 1960 dress, called simply "Romance," pictures the essence of the Dior brand along the years: a perfect balance between a feminine silhouette and a touch of chic eccentricity. The necklace and earrings come to complete this classic take on the little black dress to create a beautiful outfit that the model embodies with finesse and elegance. The model stands in Dior's couture director Suzanne Luling's home in Paris, who was also famous for hosting parties.

© Mark Shaw, Dior Glamour, Rizzoli New York 2013, courtesy of mptvimages.com

Lola Dress

This Autumnn / Winter 1958 dress entitled "Lola" was also part of the haute couture collection: it was covered in delicate beading and was paired with a thick necklace. 

© Mark Shaw, Dior Glamour, Rizzoli New York 2013, courtesy of mptvimages.com

Jungle, Canada and Amsterdam Suits

This shot of the Autumn / Winter 1961 collection shows three models wearing three versions of the same Dior coat: in orange, beige and black, and white tweed.

© Mark Shaw, Dior Glamour, Rizzoli New York 2013, courtesy of mptvimages.com

Gazette Du Bon Ton Dress

This long black dress with assorted gloves is part of the Autumn Winter 1954 haute couture collection. What's most striking about this photograph is the nonchalance of Renée, one of Dior's favorite models, who holds a cigarette and stares at the camera with confidence.