Roxanne Lowit brings the house of Dior to life in front of your eyes in Backstage Dior (teNeues 2009). She has shot his designs and fashion shows for over a decade, and the love and admiration for his craft is apparent in her handiwork.
The photos include shots of the models during down moments backstage, getting ready to go on, and posing as whatever character the clothes inspire. Galliano sings Lowit's praises in the forward of the book, and a second forward by veteran fashion jouranlist Suzy Menkes points out the signature elements of a Galliano show and the mastermind behind the lens. Also included in the book are and interview of Lowit by Simon Doonan and essays by Valerie Steele and Jean-Jacques Naudet, adding nice insight to the images.
The overall impression one gets from the pages of Backstage Dior is the true spirit of John Galliano's creative expression. From the painted lips to the layers and layer of neon fabrics and from the head pieces to the stick straight locks, his presentations are truly shows in every sense of the word.
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All images © BACKSTAGE DIOR by Roxanne Lowit, published by teNeues, $125, www.teneues.com, Photo © 2009 Roxanne Lowit. All rights reserved.