Dior's spectacular rise to the top of Parisian haute couture is one of the most fascinating fashion stories of the 20th century. An art gallery owner with a modern vision, Dior invented the "new look" silhouette with his first haute couture collection, revolutionising the way women dressed, shopped and saw themselves. Dior's unique look combined the traditional craftsmanship of the French fashion house - intricate tailoring and embellishments - with a modern sensibility. Led by its founder for only a decade, Dior flourished under the creative direction of some of the biggest names in fashion. Today, Maria Grazia Chiuri leads the brand, which remains true to its identity of opulence, femininity, drama and the creation of what Christian Dior called "the complete look", from clothes to fragrances and shoes. An exquisite selection of illustrations accompanied by fashion editor Karen Homer's authoritative text charts the journey of a brand now known as the ultimate in opulence, drama and femininity.