Big picture: Sophia Loren for Christian Dior

The Guardian-8 years before

This image is taken from the book Stars In Dior, which aims to highlight the relationship between the House of Dior and Hollywood. They're all in there – from old-school cinematic goddesses such as Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly and Liz Taylor, with whom Dior became great friends (hence the floor and fag ambience), to those who favour the label for the red carpet today – Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard and Natalie Portman (the latter was quick to speak out against then Dior designer John Galliano in the wake of ...sacked-by-christian-dior">last year's scandal).

last year's scandal Cynics may see the book's timing as an attempt to shut the door on a bad year in terms of image (though not sales) for the fashion house, focusing as it does on all that is chic and glamorous about the brand. With a newly installed designer Raf Simons at the helm, poised to show his first couture collection in Paris next month, Dior is looking forward to rave reviews again. If all goes to plan, there is another chapter of Stars In Dior yet to be played out.

Dior Stars In Dior: From Screen To Streets is published by Rizzoli at £40. To order a copy for £32, including UK mainland p&p, go to theguardian.com/bookshop.

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