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Revisiting the history of the house of dreams through the lens of Sarah Moon is a journey no fashion lover should miss out on, the new boxset opens the doors of the Dior archives through Moon’s camera. Dior by Sarah Moon is a book which serves to illustrate the relationship between Moon and the house throughout the years. A visual dialogue which primordially takes place by narrating the archival collections of founder Christian Dior and thereafter transcends to his many talented successors.

The human brain gravitates towards things in threes, as these are inherently more satisfying and memorable, as such, Moon’s holy grail of fashion photography consists of three different books which together collect and showcase content exclusively shot at the Fondation Le Corbusier and at the Dior archives in order to compile and complete this exclusive publication.

The first volume in the collection places its focus on black and white imagery staging different compositions which serve to explore the early days of the house in 1947. Moon’s subjects diversify in her second book so as to include an investigation and careful review of the Dior archives through time. Skilfully delving into and portraying the many different creative directors of the house through different eras, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano and Raf Simons. Finally, the third and final book explores the relationship between Sarah Moon and current artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, trying to help us decode the current direction of the house and putting it’s future into perspective.

An ode to femininity, Moon’s etherial photography explores textures, evanescence and uncertainty of time, perfect themes to illustrate the history of a fashion house which is in constant movement. In the words of Maria Grazia Chiuri, “Sarah Moon’s signature resides in her capacity to give form to unconscious movements and retrospective intuition, and in her aptitude to image indescribable ambiences. For all these reasons, her vision was perfect for transcribing the story told by my creative process for the Dior collections: that of a woman anchored in her epoch, drawing her strength by listening to her emotions.”

Words
Nur Rezai-Mah

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