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.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Fashion Columbia Study Collection
1960s Fashion and Textiles
Vintage Fashion Guild
The Antique Corset Gallery
Clubs & Associations
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Christian Dior Clothing
Source: Google News
Christian Dior's 2015 Cruise collection to show at Brooklyn's Navy YardNew York Daily News, April 16th
Christian Dior Cruise 2015 to be shown in Brooklyn FRANCOIS GUILLOT French fashion label Dior is crossing the Brooklyn Bridge for its 2015 Cruise collection. It's a double-crossing situation at Dior, but there are no tricks involved. French luxury...Read more
Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #28: Frederic Tcheng Captures the Ghost of ...Indie Wire, April 15th
Christian Dior may no longer be alive, but there's no doubt that his spirit lives on in the fashion community. The unmatched talent and intense pressure of his company have led it to become a pillar in the industry, most aptly and vividly captured in...Read more
Now Screening | Tribeca Premieres Documentary About Raf Simons's Dior DebutNew York Times (blog), April 15th
â€śWith Raf, we had what you could call a reluctant protagonist,â€ť says the director FrĂ©dĂ©ric Tcheng of Christian Dior's artistic director of two years, Raf Simons. â€śHe had always purposefully stayed away from the public eye.â€ť In â€śDior & I,â€ť which...Read more
Fashion films: Barbour, Christian Dior, ValentinoAquila Style, April 11th
This video takes you behind the scenes at the event preparations for the Christian Dior Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection in Hong Kong. Watch the team ready the makeup looks and carry out last minute adjustments to outfits, and sort the...Read more
Christian Dior Couture Collection Hits Hong Kong RunwayFashion Times, April 10th
Christian Dior Couture Collection Hits Hong Kong Runway. Apr 10, 2014 06:29 PM EDT. By Gabriela Barkho, Fashion Times Reporter. Dior Couture Hong Kong Show (Photo : Dior). Print This. Text + -. Share This. Facebook Share. Twitter Tweet. Christian ...Read more
Christian Dior Museum's New Photography Exhibit to Display French House's ...Fashion Times, April 7th
The Christian Dior Museum is set to display a new exhibit that will showcase the French house's history through photos and other items of interest. Entitled "The Legendary Images: Great Photographers and Dior," the exhibition will open on May 3 and run ...Read more
A Nice Place To Buy Cheap Designer Handbags Like Bebe, Christian Dior ...Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release), April 7th
Search VSM: Advanced. SeeTips.com is a leading online shopping store and today announces its high quality handbags including many top brands like Bebe, Christian Dior, Coach, Cochni, Hello Kitty, TAG Heuer, US Army and more. (PRWEB) April 07, 2014...Read more
5 Minutes With Peter PhilipsW Magazine, March 26th
While musical chairs is a favorite parlor game for designers at luxury fashion houses, makeup artists don't generally join in. After six years at Chanel, however, Peter Philips is now making the jump to Christian Dior, where he was just named Creative...Read more