For the Christian Dior ‘The Art of Color’ book, the House’s Creative and Image Director of Makeup Peter Philips has conceived a series of beauty looks in bold and daring shades.

This exquisite book takes the reader on a kaleidoscopic journey through the history of makeup, style, and color at the revered fashion house of Dior. An exquisite ode to color, this book presents the history of Dior cosmetics placed within contexts of fashion and art.

Divided into twelve chapters (White, Silver, Nude, Pink, Red, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Gray, and Black) the Christian Dior ‘The Art of Color’ showcases not only the sometimes glamorous, sometimes natural cosmetics, but also the aesthetics of color, which was the source of inspiration for so much of Dior’s creations. The evolution of color through the ages is presented with iconic works from renowned artists and Dior makeup advertising campaigns—including creations from some of the greats in the field, such as Serge Lutens, Tyen, and the current head of Dior makeup, Peter Philips—captured by master photographers such as Irving Penn, Guy Bourdin, and Richard Burbridge.

In 1949, with the first “Rouge Dior” lipsticks, the House on Avenue Montaigne saw its Beauty hisstory begin, indelibly linked to color. A striking silhouette and scarlet lips were the original, infallible weapons of the New Look and triumphant femininity.

Follow Creative Director Peter Philips behind the scenes of the production of this unique portfolio now sold at online at Rizzoli Book Store.