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Christian Dior and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy toasted the Englishlanguage release of narrative comic book Girl in Dior.

The French house hosted a discussion with the title’s author, Annie Goetzinger, led by acclaimed fashion illustrator Bill Donovan. The book, released stateside April 1, is part fashion comic strip and part narrative story, and takes place in the wake of Dior’s fame-making 1947 New Look collection. It tells the tale of a journalist named Clara who is handpicked by Monsieur Dior to serve as his muse and model.

A known cartoonist—whose caricatures have been featured in publications such as Le Monde—Goetzinger said she owed her interest in Mssr. Dior to his reputed demeanor.

“He was a very creative and serious man, shy, too. He was not having a big life, he had a circle of close friends and separated his public life from his private life,” she noted post-discussion.

Goetzinger’s U.S. appearances have extra meaning in the wake of January’s attack on French political satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.

To a largely American audience, her U.S. tour is something of a posttragedy ambassadorship for the French cartoonist industry. “My comics are not conflictive, very far away from political problems, but
at the same time I support all the artists that are working in caricature,” she said.

For Goetzinger, while Girl in Dior is indeed far removed from politics, it still has a pointed and worthwhile message. “It’s about hope and perseverance,” she noted.