You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. This adage that has been credited to Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and John F. Kennedy—all of which have stated variations of the phrase—holds true in all walks of life, including in fashion. While the House of Dior enters a new era led by Maria Grazia Chiuri and now Kim Jones, the French atelier looks back to its past with a new book, Dior by Marc Bohan.
Available this month, Dior by Marc Bohan chronicles the years of the House under Bohan, who led the atelier after Yves Saint Laurent. The new book, which is published by Assouline, is the third in a series of seven books devoted to the designers that have led the House. The complete series celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the House of Dior.
Author Jérôme Hanover compiled the contents found within the book, including descriptive portraits of Bohan’s work, as well as hundreds of images of dresses shot by Photographer Laziz Hamani.
Monsieur Dior hired Bohan in 1957, and he later led the House from 1961 to 1989, longer than any other designer at the House including Dior himself. According to the House, Bohan possessed a spirit of “discovery and freedom” that influenced his work for the House. His works were also influenced by his connection the art world and his relationships with famous personalities at the time, including artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
His first Autumn/Winter collection is said to have “ushered in the era of women dressed in an uninhibited manner.”
Before the atelier begins its next chapter, it may be best to look back on past works made for the House by Bohan. The collector’s item follows two previous releases Dior by Christian Dior and Dior by Yves Saint Laurent, and will be joined by books spotlighting Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.