When Christian Dior introduced his New Look in 1947, it was not the product of decades in the trenches as a fashion designer. Rather, Diorâ€™s famous postwar collection marked his professional debut.
Which is not to say that the collection was purely a case of beginnerâ€™s luck. Dior had been in the Paris fashion world for years, including productive stints as assistants to Robert Piguet and Lucien LĂ©long. By the time he opened his own couture house in 1946, he was already 41 years old.
Dior called his first collection Corolle, which was French for flower petals. Indeed, compared to the boxy, utilitarian, World War II fashions that had dominated the 1940s, Diorâ€™s collection was a bouquet of bounty, with yards upon yards of fabric lavished on just one dress. The fashion press was smitten, with â€śHarperâ€™s Bazaarâ€ť being the first to call it the New Look.
In fact, there was much that was not new at all about Diorâ€™s breakthrough. Some have detected 1860s French influences, while Dior himself said that the collection reminded him of the clothes his mother had worn to the races when he was a young boy.
Though the fashion press fawned over Dior (â€śVogueâ€ť covered him obsessively until his death in 1957), many Europeans were shocked by the excessive use of material at a time when fabric was still being rationed. Others resented the ornamentation of womenâ€”fellow Parisian Coco Chanel dismissed Diorâ€™s look as the equivalent of dressing women up like armchairs.
Perhaps in deference to his critics, Diorâ€™s subsequent collections were more pared down. For example, his A-line dresses, whose silhouette resembled the letter A, were signatures of the casual, unfussy 1950s.
After Diorâ€™s death, Yves Saint Laurent, who had been a design assistant with the firm, was named chief designer, even though he was only 21. Within two years Marc Bohan had replaced Saint Laurent, and he stayed at that post for 28 years, longer than Dior himself had been at the helm of his own company...
Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre followed Bohan, but the next designer to make his mark on Dior was a Brit, John Galliano, who arrived at Dior in 1996. Many critics believe Galliano has best understood Diorâ€™s unique aesthetic.
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She designed neon collections of jewelled, lacquered and enamelled flowers inspired by the various roses Christian Dior loved to grow, and set these flowers in twisted diamonds that looked like coral or seaweed. â€śFlowers are a classical theme in high ...Read more
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I was, of course, struck by her incredible on-screen presence in these blockbuster films, but also impressed by her powerful interpretations of subtler, more rounded characters" commented Raf Simons, creative director of woman's wear for Christian...Read more
Bella Blisset's beauty buzz: Dior sees red, plus Christian Louboutin shares ...Daily Mail, August 9th
Back in the 1950s, Christian Dior would usher models wearing shots of red down the catwalk to capture the audience's attention. He named these models 'the Trafalgars'. Now a new 5 Couleurs eye palette called Trafalgar carries a burgundy at its core...Read more
Christian Dior pairs up with The Princess Grace FoundationThe Upcoming, August 6th
There has always been a bond between the Christian Dior label and the charity; Grace Kelly had a great love for their luxurious clothes and would often wear their creations to public events. Dior also held their pre-spring/summer 2014 show in Monaco...Read more
Christian Dior Couture Sales Jump 19%; Teams Up With Princess Grace ...JOSIC: News, Sports, Style, Culture & Technology, August 4th
Sales of Christian Dior Couture have jumped 19 percent. The Christian Dior group owns more than 40 percent of LVMH and the entirety of its eponymous fashion house, released its results on Friday, August 1. For the 2013-2014 financial year, Christian...Read more
Christian Dior partners Princess Grace FoundationThe Sun Daily, July 30th
Meanwhile, the Christian Dior brand already has strong ties to Monaco, having staged its pre-spring/summer show in the principality last May - an event attended by Monaco royals Prince Albert and Princess Charlene. Fellow luxury brand Louis Vuitton...Read more
Christian Dior Teamed Up With Princess Grace Foundation-USAFashion Times, July 30th
The French fashion house has signed on for a three-year deal with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. As part of the deal, Dior will become the sole presenting sponsor for the Princess Grace Foundation-USA's upcoming award galas in Beverly Hills, ...Read more
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The shoes first made an appearance on Christian Dior's Spring 2014 couture runway, paired with intricate lattice-cut cocktail dresses and structured strapless dresses (yes, apparently wearing sneakers for evening is officially a thing). In Tim Blanks...Read more