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Reading: Dior Impressions, The Inspiration and Influence of Impressionism at the House of Dior

portraitWWD tells us Christian Dior compared each collection to a new spring, giving way to "shoots" of new fabrics. But is that enough to draw such a bold comparison of fashion inspired directly by art? According to a new book published by Rizzoli USA, Christian Dior's collections were influenced by one of history's most beloved fine art movements: impressionism. But that's not all the book purports. Not only was the original master of the feminine form a fan of Monet, Degas and Renoir, but his successors have been as well. Everyone from Galliano to Simmons have incorporated principles of movement, nature and muted colors into their collections for Dior. Right? The famous publisher of beautiful image-rich coffee table tomes isn't asking you to take their word for it. No less than three experts in the world of fashion and art history came together to pen the book that includes over 150 images of Dior pieces side-by-side with the works they are said to be inspired by.

Florence Müller, art and fashion historian and professor at the Institut Français de la Mode; Philippe Thiébaut, the curator of the Musée d’Orsay; and Farid Chenoune who is another historian and professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs have all put their stamp of approval on the book, and their names as authors. That many experts can hardly be wrong, I'd say. For any of us who love Impressionist paintings and painters and have a healthy dose of love for high fashion, this book is sure to delight your visual senses. 

It's coming out in hardcover on September 17 and is set to accompany an exhibition at the Musée Christian Dior, which is located in Dior's childhood home in Glanville, France. The exhibition makes sense, when you consider one of the major justifications for Dior's Impressionist leanings is the similarity of the landscape he grew up in to Monet's much-loved Giverny.