It Book: "Dreaming of Dior"
Critic’s of those who love fashion often use the word “shallow”.
What they don’t understand is that to us clothing is not just clothing (its not just anything)-rather fashion is a moving museum, a manifestation of eras, art work—to us Hamish Bowles’s acres of warehouse(s) filled with Couture is as valuable, meaningful, and awe inspiring as what is housed at the Uffizi Gallery.
For those who share this sentiment do I have a treat for you!
Five years ago Sydney, Australia curator Charlotte Smith began receiving trunks (70 to be exact) brimming with Couture. They were gifts inherited from her godmother Ms.Doris Darnell –and by the time Charlotte signed for her last package she had a collection of 3,000 Couture pieces on her hands.
“Chanel wedding gowns, Hermes driving gloves, Theirry Mugler suits, 1920s Bakelite driving goggles, Herve Leger two-pieces, velvet hats with exotic plums and 1970s Pucci shift dresses” were only some of the truly drool worthy art pieces Charlotte had been blessed with.
Knowing that this collection must be shared Charlotte has published Dreaming of Dior- a to die for coffee table book featuring sketches of each of Ms. Darnell’s mind blowing dresses and accessories, with each sketch accompanied by stories of the dresses’ history as well as the woman who wore them.
Dreaming of Dior goes on sale this week and is the perfect addition to any fashionista’s library.