A new book looks back on the elegant, rareified sanctum that was -- and is -- the house of Dior. Monsieur Dior Once Upon A Time by Paris-based journalist Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni looks back at the legendary label and couturier's beginnings, starting when Christian Dior held his first couture show in 1947, a mere two years after the end of World War II. The book, out on October 15, features anecdotes from longtime clients, in-house models, employees and actresses like Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich as well as gorgeous photographs from the archives. The book ends in 1957 -- the year Dior died and the house passed on to his chosen successor, a 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent. Take a look at preview images, below.

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