Dior are celebrating their former designer Marc Bohan in the newest coffee table book that focuses on his 30-year career – the longest between a designer and the Maison.
Published by Assouline, this is the third in a series of seven books devoted to the designers who succeeded each other at the head of the House. Available from end of April, the book looks back on three decades of Dior history that is recounted by the writer and journalist Jerome Hanover and documented by hundreds of images of dresses shot by Laziz Hamani, along with archival photographs of Bohan and his work.
Marc Bohan started working with Christian Dior in 1957 and following his death, Bohan became the House’s third Creative Director in 1960. He debuted his first autumn-winter collection the following year that dubbed the Slim Look that focused on fitting silhouettes that were supple with natural shoulders and graceful lines framing the waist and hips. The skirts had movement and stopped just below the knee.
Over the course of three decades, Bohan established close links with the world of the arts and the most famous personalities of the time, including the artist Niki de Saint Phalle. His fondness for faraway cultures enabled the designer to infuse the House with this particular spirit of discovery and freedom, without ever losing sight of his objective: ‘To make sophisticated clothes simply, with a touch of insolence every now and then.’
Speaking to WWD, the writer Hanover explained how Bohan created the 60’s look and his work is still influencing fashion today, adding:
“When you see shows in 2018, you see Bohan everywhere. You see [his work] in Prada, Raf Simons, Hermès — I think it will help fashion to remember that Marc Bohan really designed the Sixties. You can see it everywhere.”
Dior by Marc Bohan will be released internationally on April 23.