Tag: France

Dior. Make Up Details from the Cruise Fashion Show.

Beautiful classic make up as presented by Dior at the Cruise fashion show.

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My Inspiration.


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The Mistique of Shalimar by Guerlain. Images.

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The Mistique of Shalimar by Guerlain. Images.

Shalimar by Guerlain is one of the most bespoke and best selling perfumes ever, holding a spot on the list of world bestsellers. For decades advertising supported sales, promoting the scent in an elegant and minimalistic way, focusing on the image of Shalimar’s bottle.

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The Mystique of Shalimar by Guerlain. The History of Creation.

Shalimar by Guerlain will forever be known as the first oriental fragrance created in the history of perfumery. It was introduced in 1925 by Jaques Guerlain, who created the scent inspired by the romantic story of Emperor Shah Jahan, who fell hopelessly in love with Princess Mumtaz Mahal for whom he built the Taj Mahal and dedicated splendid Gardens of Shalimar.

Shalimar is a scent of love and passion. According to the creator, “wearing Shalimar means letting your senses take over”. This highly sensual composition with iris, jasmine and rose as heart cords is complimented by vanilla, tonka beans and bergamot flowers.

The fragrance is closed in an artistic bottle that in 1925 won the first prize at the Paris Decorative Arts Exhibition, being designed by Raymond Guerlain.

Dior Secret Garden – Versailles. The Film.

Marilyn Monroe in Dior.

Inspired by yesterday’s post featuring Michelle Williams who starred Marilyn Monroe in “My week with Marilyn”, an archival picture of M.M. in Christian Dior gown.


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Happy-Go-Lucky Book Review. “Dior. A New Look, A New Enterprise (1947 – 57).” by Alexandra Palmer.


“Dior. A New Look, A New Enterprise (1947 – 57).” is another fascinating book released by V&A Publishing. It presents Christian Dior and the House of Dior from different perspective, taking into consideration sociological, historical and economical factors related to the famous New Look and true revolution in fashion that it started. What makes this publication even more interesting are unique pictures presenting life of a couture house from the inside.

The author takes readers through the post war France, giving a good introduction of Haute Couture market just before and right after the war, focusing on historical and social backgrounds. Becoming familiar with the subject, one can better understand the social uproar and global discussion initiated by the New Look, which changed the model of femininity and brought back the “old days”, taking back achievements of various movements promoting gender equality as well as undermining fashions that liberated women from restrictions of corsets and crinolines, making them once again into beautiful and simpleminded mannequins, whose main purpose is to display wealth of their spouses or senior family members. Dashing woman dressed in Dior’s New Look was definitely fragile and flowerlike, stunningly chic, but also highly restricted in her movements and forced to strict diet, as hardly any woman was gifted by nature with measurements idolized by Dior.

Christian Dior was not only a visionary and talented designer, but also a meticulous businessman. Supported by well organized financial department as well as having implemented elements of market intelligence, the House of Dior was well run commercial enterprise, a forerunner for global corporations, with overseas offices in New York and London, numerous partnerships and license agreements. Throughout his career, Dior took every possible measure to ban illegal copies and stop wide spread practices of fashion espionage and copy right abuse. Considering that in 1958 the Dior couture house alone had an annual revenue of $ 8 million and was accounted for over 50% of total export of Haute Couture, he had a lot to protect!

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Resort Fashion by Chanel.

Balance of power is definitely changing when high fashion migrates from its traditional capitals to East and Far East. Recent Chanel Resort collection was presented in Dubai and as well visible, the spirit of the collection is definitely close to Arab countries. No wonder, as United Arab Emirates or recently brought to prominence Qatar are markets that no fashion house can afford to neglect. I still haven’t formed my opinion, but for sure I will follow recent developments in the world of fashion, though my very own esthetics is still closer to Paris.

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La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain.