Book Review—The Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior

Christian Dior remains one of the top fashion designers of the twentieth century. Dior came to fame shortly after World War II.  His first collection of dresses featured feminine flared skirts and broad-shoulders, a marked contrast to the Spartan war time fashions which sought to conserve material.

Dior used satins, silks, and other luxurious fabrics for his creations. He wanted to give women a striking look that appealed to their glamorous side.  A reporter dubbed his first collection a “New Look” and the name stuck.

Stretch Satin, a modern fabric the great designer would have loved.

Although he died in 1957, Dior’s advice on fashionable dressing is timeless. This little book was published in 2007 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dior’s “New Look.”

The Little Dictionary of Fashion covers everything from how to tie a scarf to how to dress to attend a wedding.  It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in fashion and should be on the bookshelf of any fashion or social trends history buff.   However, this little book is far from outdated; its advice is virtually timeless.

If he was alive today, this famous designer would appreciate the range of modern luxury fabrics available, including the many stretch fabrics, shimmering fabrics, and wonderfully textured fabrics. While some newer fabrics take special sewing skills, these skills are easy for intermediate sewers to learn and well worth the effort.  Modern luxury fabrics are frequently easy to care for and many are very affordable, despite their luxurious appearance.

Crushed stretch velvet