Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication Date: April 1st, 2015
Publisher: NBM Publishing
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Biography, Fashion
In February of 1947, the crème de la crème of Paris haute couture have flocked to see Christian Dior’s debut fashion show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway and the mesmerized audience declares the show a triumph. When Clara—a freshly hired chronicler and guide to the busy corridors of the brand-new fashion house—is hand-picked by Dior to be a model, she knows her life will never be the same. A biography docudrama that marries fiction with the story of one of the greatest couturiers in history, this work is a breathless and stunning presentation of Christian Dior’s greatest designs, beautifully rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger.
A day in the life of Christian Dior…
Well not exactly, but that’s exactly how it feels. Although this is a biographical graphic novel, Christian Dior is technically not the one whose life is told. The ‘‘heroine’’ is Clara.
But as she said herself, Dior gave her everything. He gave her the opportunity to become a model for him. And later, she found love thanks to the opportunities provided by Dior.
So I guess I shouldn’t be this shocked by the ending. Still, I think Clara should have been a little less obsessed with this man, although he was quite charming and kind to her.
Boring ending. The ‘’story’’ itself is one full of fashion, models, glamour and dresses (and short snippets of Dior’s life and creative processes). It’s truly magnificent to behold, the sort of graphic novel I would gladly plunge into when wanting to feel like I’m part of something special.
But truly, this isn’t really an inspiring story. We know only of Christian Dior’s successful times and Clara herself shows us mainly the beautiful and fortunate. She seemed like a kind soul, but still now, I know close to nothing about her.
Very lush, colourful, realistic and impressive illustrations. What gorgeous dresses. I would suggest you buy this only if graphics matter more than story to you. But does anyone really care more about appearance than content? What a question, Lola. (YES.)
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