NBM Publishing, 2015
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
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.
I went to grab the quote from Goodreads, and I couldn’t believe that this book had only a 3.30 rating. I think it deserves at least a 4.00. The art was beautiful and the story was true to its time. Overall, it’s definitely not the typical graphic novel, but that’s what I loved about it. Women can read graphic novels about women too! Not every graphic novel needs a main character with a cape. I suppose the story may have seemed somewhat superficial had it been written as just a novel, but fashion is all about appearances, which is why the wonderful art adds to the book. Girl in Dior helped pave the way for a new type of audience in the graphic novel world.