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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter One THE EARLY YEARS Chapter Two A NEW HOUSE, A NEW FEMININITY Chapter Three COUTURE PIRACY, PROTECTION & LITIGATION Chapter Four THE CHRISTIAN DIOR BOUTIQUE Chapter Five GLOBAL EXPANSION AND LICENCES Chapter Six THE CELEBRITY COUTURIER, DIPLOMAT AND ARBITER OF TASTE References 130 | Tables 136 | Chronology 138 | Dior at the V&A 139 Select Bibliography 140 | Acknowledgements 141 | Index 142

About the Author

Alexandra Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Senior Curator of Costume at the Royal Ontario Museum, where she has curated numerous exhibitions including Elite Elegance: Couture Fashion in the 1950s. Her books include Couture and Commerce: the Transatlantic Fashion Trade in the 1950s, Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion, and Christian Dior: History and Modernity.


'a reminder ahead of the Dior exhibition opening at the V&A next week, that Brits can do luxury fashion too.' -- Lisa Armstrong

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