Girl in Dior is a graphic novel--a comic book. This format lends itself very well to a book about fashion: it is as if the fashion illustrations have been set in motion to tell the story. Set at the birth of Dior's "New Look," it tells the story of a fashion journalist picked to become one of the designer's models. Although this particular girl is fictional, the world she inhabits is very real, and the story feels authentic--I actually wasn't sure if it was fiction or biography until after reading it.
It's a quick read (lots of pictures, few words), but one you can return to multiple times for sewing inspiration or just to soak in the detail of the dresses! You can tell the author has experience in fashion (she's also a costume designer) because the details of the clothing really shine.
Read a bit of the book here, or buy a copy for yourself (or a fashion-y friend) here! This book would look great on top of that huge stack of coffee table books I know you have. Alternately, check it out from the library :)
Do you read fashion books? Graphic novels?
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ps: i'm a librarian, so i can't help but sneak in some reader's advisory... if you're interested in more graphic novels, you can subscribe to Patrick's newsletter! read the one with Girl in Dior here.