This Collection of Dior Illustrations is the Year's Most Fashionable New Book
The celebrated illustrator Mats Gustafson's new
Initially, the artist was commissioned to recreate designs for Dior's in-house magazine, but the strength of his work made a book celebrating the collaboration seem necessary. To hear him tell it, however, it was more than just a job.
A Glittery Gown
The artist feels he and the house are an exceptional fit. "When I grew up in the 1950s and 60s, Dior was the definition of fashion," he says. "I grew up in Sweden, and even in the countryside where we
A Sharp Suit
The book focuses mainly on work from the last five years, but it does dip briefly into the house's storied archives with illustrations of pieces by Christian Dior himself. "That was extra inspiring—and fun—to work on. Some of them were made prior to the book, and some were made especially for the book," Gustafson says.
The Diaphanous Dress
And while it was a thrill to investigate those classic pieces, Gustafson notes he's glad to have had a chance to work with more modern creations as well. "I got a chance to look into the archives, and that could be a book on its own, but with some of the iconic Dior pieces you know they're already the subject of legendary photography so drawing them can be tricky," he says. "I had to find my own iconic Dior."
The Red Coat Dress
Fit for the Ball
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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