Sunday I made it to the 4-day annual Salon du Livre held in massive pavilion #1 at Porte de Versailles - a yearly reminder of how much the French love books.
I was captivated by a special exhibition of the work of French women illustrators.
I wasn't alone.
This new book, Jeune Fille en Dior written and illustrated by Annie Goetzinger can be found all over town in the best bookstores.
The detailed yet fluid illustrations perfectly capture the creation of Dior's 'New Look'. The tiny pulled-in waistlines and full swingy skirts just after the war must have been a breath of fresh air for women the world over who'd suffered such deprivation during1939-1945.
The main caracter, Clara becomes a model at Dior, so you see the backroom goings on at the top couture maison pre-show.
The book is in the much loved French format of a BD or bande dessiner/comic book but for adults. I hope they translate this one for us Anglos.
Watch a short film (in French) of the artist, Annie Goetzinger at work discussing her intent to capture a lost time. Remember the fabulous Miss Dior exhibit at the Grand Palais? This dovetails perfectly filling in the behind-the-scene blanks on 20, Ave Montaigne at Maison Dior
Flammarion has a new book out on French icon Marguerite Duras
Kids 18 and under get in free at the Salon so Sundays in particular are always overrun with kidlets. Adults pay 10€ for a 4-day entry.
So many childrens books.
So many children.
Avidly reading where ever you walk. It's a delight. And building future readers as well.
Tintin is always present. Here his red jeep on display.
This is for the public not a trade-only show. You can buy every book on display.
Of course there is the Square Culinaire Tons and tons of cookbooks in every format. Does the yellow Trish Deseine book look familiar?
So many how-tos
And the chefs on hand who wrote them.
The essential accompaniment to book browsing - macarons.
I got very excited by this book, Cafe Society, which I just discovered came out in 2010 in the US too.
The illustrations/collages by the Baron de Cabrol from his scrapbook (1948) are fantastic.
He perfectly recorded the ambience of the times during 1920s - 60s.
The photography too is magnificent. Wallace Simpson looking soigné.
Elsa Schiaparelli wearing her famous shoe-hat beside a similarly attired Dali sculpture.
Charming and simple yet elegant sketches from the Baron's scrapbook in Cafe Societé couldn't
Help but remind me of the illustrations of Jean-Philippe Delhomme now on display poster-size in boulevarde Saint Germain for Louis Vuitton. What do you think?