Christian Dior enjoying the pleasures of needlepoint at his Moulin du Coudret estate in Milly-la-Forêt. Photograph: © Keystone-France / DIOR IN BLOOM / CHRISTIAN DIOR PARFUMS

This breath-takingly beautiful book, put together by Justine Picardie, the former editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country, is a must for anyone who loves Christian Dior, flowers or fashion in general: it won’t fail to delight. Florals played a role in both Dior’s perfume and fashion, with the designer finding inspiration in the heady evening scents of southern France and the verdant gardens of his childhood home in Normandy, among others.

Menu of January 12, 1940, drawn by Christian Dior. Collection Christian Dior Parfums / DIOR IN BLOOM / CHRISTIAN DIOR PARFUMS

They inspired both the legendary 1940s New Look and his blossom-like ballgowns bearing pretty floral motifs. This exquisite volume features rose portraits by fashion photographer Nick Knight, known for his work for Vogue, alongside previously unpublished archival documents, stunning details of embroidery and fabrics, and fashion sketches and photographs. There are also charming pictures of Dior in his garden, both as adult and child.

‘Dior in Bloom’ by Justine Picardie; photography by Nick Knight. Published by Flammarion

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Sunday 11th October, 2015. Photograph: © Nick Knight / DIOR IN BLOOM / CHRISTIAN DIOR PARFUMS

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