Dior celebrates 50 years of history of its make-up line with the launching of the book Dior: The Art of Colour. The publication, which will be available on the market the 20th October, presents a historical overview of Dior’s make-up to the readers, using colours.

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Dior: The Art of Colour will be available on the market the 20th October

It’s been more than 60 years since in 1949 Christian Dior created his reference lipstick, Rouge Dior. Inspired by the fabrics he used for his designs, it has become an iconic lipstick. Even Monica Bellucci has said about it that “when I use it I remember my grandmother and mother, who used to paint their lips before going to church. It’s a beautiful image because it means femininity for me.”

Red has become a sign of identity of a brand that won the heart of top Hollywood actresses, such as Grace Kelly or Marlene Dietrich. Like the Monsieur stated, “red is the colour of life”.

The love for colour is still the basis for Dior’s make-up. The tones are inspired by the fashion creations of the brand, in a way that every season Peter Philips, creative and image director of Dior’s make-up since 2014, reinvents the chromatic palette. Philips is the mastermind behind the creations and his work is complemented by the Maison’s colourists, who give life to his vision in form of stylish collections, in which even the smallest detail is being taken care of.

In his search of avant-garde movement and harmony, the pigments are mixed up in order to create daring colours that are present in eye shadows, lipsticks or liners. Meanwhile, the tones for the face aim to resemble as faithfully as possible the natural skin.

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The book is divided in 12 chapters, each of them dedicated to a single colour

Make-up is considered art, and mindful of this idea, Dior: The Art of Colour pretends to go a step further and not only does it present the history of Dior cosmetics, but it places them into a fashion and art context, highlighting the importance of colour in such fields.

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Each chapter mixes art, photography and make-up

The publication has 12 chapters, each of them dedicated to a single colour: white, silver, nude, pink, red, purple, blue, green, yellow, gold, grey and black. Each of them show a different make-up style, depicted by renowned photographers like Irving Penn, Guy Bourdin and Richard Burbridge, and accompanied by a work of art.

On its pages, the most recognised figures of the world of make-up create new looks based on the 12 classic colours of the brand, and they present them through pictures. The work also shows the creative processes behind the creations, narrated by Peter Philips and the icons of make-up, Tyen and Serge Lutens.

With a very appealing text and images never seen before, the publishing house, Rizzoli, guarantees that it’s an essential book for any fashion or art student. But not only them, any art or beauty lover that considers Dior an icon of vanguard will enjoy this work, that succeeds in turning over a new leaf with the occasion of its commemoration of 50 years of history.

Traductor: Paloma Sánchez