This elegant volume--featuring silver gilded pages and an open spine binding so that it lays flat to show off the photographs to their best advantage--explores Dior's long history of creativity, beauty, and success through a celebration of one of our most profound emotions. Women, with their ever-sharp instincts, understood that I not only wanted to make them more beautiful, but happier too. --Christian Dior Since 1947, through its haute couture and fragrance collections, the House of Dior has enhanced the lives of women by bringing them moments of resplendent beauty. On the radiant faces of Dior's models and muses, and through the exuberance of its creative studios and runway shows, joy shines like a bouquet of fireworks and luminous smiles. Through this emblematic selection of iconic illustrations and behind-the-scenes images from fashion shows and workshops, this beautifully crafted volume traces Dior's recurring themes of creativity, the inspiration of nature, friendship, and success. Drawing from Dior's own archives and from those of fashion's greatest photographers, the book presents privileged moments graced by the women and men of Dior who express the house's eternal joie de vivre. An inspiring text drawing from literature, philosophy, and Dior's creative history, celebrates the many facets of an exalted state of being, providing the unique perspective that resides at the heart of this beautiful book.