The New Look
The silhouette introduced by couturier Christian Dior at his first namesake collection in 1947. The New Look is characterized by soft, rounded shoulders; a prominent bust; a waspish waistlines; and long, voluminous skirts. Dior’s return to a “pretty,” highly feminized style was a direct reaction to years of wartime austerity. Due to its novelty, the fashion press christened it “The New Look” and this cinched-waist, ladylike ideal quickly became the predominant silhouette of the 1950s.