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Christian Dior

French, 1905-1957

When Christian Dior launched his couture house, in 1946, he wanted nothing less than to make “an elegant woman more beautiful and a beautiful woman more elegant.” He succeeded, and in doing so the visionary designer altered the landscape of 20th century fashion.

Dior was born in Granville, on the Normandy coast, in 1905. His prosperous haute bourgeois parents wanted him to become a diplomat despite his interest in art and architecture. However, they agreed to bankroll an art gallery, which Dior opened in 1928 in Paris with a friend.

This was the start of Dior’s rise in the city’s creative milieu, where he befriended Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. After seven years as an art dealer, Dior retrained as a fashion illustrator, eventually landing a job as a fashion designer for Robert Piguet, and in 1941, following a year of military service, he joined the house of Lucien Lelong. Just five years later, with the backing of industrialist Marcel Boussac, the ascendant Dior established his own fashion house, at 30 avenue Montaigne in Paris.

Just two years after the end of World War II, the fashion crowd and the moribund haute couture industry were yearning, comme tout Paris, for security and prosperity, desperate to discard the drab, sexless, utilitarian garb imposed by wartime deprivation. They needed to dream anew.

And Dior delivered: He designed a collection for a bright, optimistic future. “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian!” exclaimed Carmel Snow, the prescient American editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, famously proclaiming, “Your dresses have such a new look.” The press ran with the description, christening Dior’s debut Spring/Summer haute couture collection the New Look. “God help those who bought before they saw Dior,” said Snow. “This changes everything.”

Dior’s collection definitively declared that opulence, luxury and femininity were in. His skirts could have 40-meter-circumference hems, and outfits could weigh up to 60 pounds. They were cut and shaped like architecture, on strong foundations that molded women and “freed them from nature,” Dior said. Rather than rationing, his ladies wanted reams of fabric and 19-inch waists enforced by wire corsets, and the fashion world concurred. The debut got a standing ovation.

In the subsequent decade, Paris ruled as the undisputed fashion capital of the world, and Christian Dior reigned as its king. With the luxuriously full skirts of his New Look, suits and his drop-dead gorgeous evening dresses and ball gowns worthy of any princess, Dior gave women the gift of glamour they’d lost in the miserable years of war.

On 1stDibs, find an exquisite range of vintage Christian Dior clothing, jewelry, handbags and other items.

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Iconic Designs from Christian Dior
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Saddle Bag
Saddle Bag
Lady Dior Tote
Lady Dior Tote
Double Shoulder Saddle Bag
Double Shoulder Saddle Bag
1970s Vintage CHRISTIAN DIOR Beige Leather Chain Bag Small
By Christian Dior
Located in Bangkok, TH
This beautiful vintage CHRISTIAN DIOR shoulder bag is crafted of grain-textured leather in beige. This vintage Dior features a gold toned chain that lets you carry it single and doub...
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1970s Christian Dior

John Galliano for Christian Dior 1960s Inspired Pink 2008 Vintage Jacket Top
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Portland, OR
This is a 2008 John Galliano for Christian Dior 1960's inspired salmon pink vintage shantung silk short sleeve cropped blouse or jacket. This piece was featured in a variety of color...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

F/W 2005 Christian Dior by John Galliano Blue Floral Silk Chiffon Gown
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a sensual light blue Christian Dior gown, designed by John Galliano. From the Fall/Winter collection, a similar dress debuted as look number 46 on the season's ...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

1990s Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferré Sheer Polka Dot Lace Bodycon Mini Dress
By Christian Dior, Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a sensual yellow and black knit Christian Dior Boutique dress, designed by Gianfranco Ferré. From the 1990s, this beautiful sleeveless dress features a knit pol...
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1990s Christian Dior

1970s Vintage CHRISTIAN DIOR Navy Trotter Jacquard Chain Bag Small
By Christian Dior
Located in Bangkok, TH
This beautiful vintage Christian Dior chain bag is crafted of CD signature trotter jacquard in navy. Front flap closure with snap fastening which opens to a navy leather interior. Th...
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1970s Christian Dior

F/W 2007 Christian Dior by John Galliano Orange Pleated Chiffon Tent Dress
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an orange pleated Christian Dior Boutique tent dress, designed by John Galliano. From the Fall/Winter 2007 collection, this beautiful dress features a wide scoo...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Blue Denim Floral Embroidery Detective Bag Satchel
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, Rome
Christian Dior blue denim 'Detective Bag' with Tan leather trim and handles from the 2006 Spring/Summer collection. Floral embroidery on the front. 2 front small flap pockets with da...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Navy Blue Oblique Canvas DiorTravel Vanity Case
By Christian Dior
Located in Irvine, CA
Christian Dior Navy Blue Oblique Canvas DiorTravel Vanity Case 68058MSC
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20th Century Christian Dior

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1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Christian Dior fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red, pink, blue and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent appealing. On 1stDibs, find designer Christian Dior fashion, vintage and haute couture from top boutiques around the world. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $50 and tops out at $175,000, while the average work can sell for $1,176..
Questions About Christian Dior
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Dior bags are handmade at the brand's ateliers. The brand's artisans complete all of the assembly and stitching by hand, making the construction of each bag a painstaking and time-consuming process. For example, a Dior Caro handbag’s signature quilted effect requires roughly 18,000 stitches. You’ll find a large selection of Dior bags on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    No, Dior bags don't all have serial numbers. In fact, the brand uses date codes in place of them. The date code begins with a two-digit number that represents the manufacturing year. A two-letter code specifying which factory produced the bag comes next. At the end of the date code is a four-number sequence. The first and third numbers correspond to the month of production, and the second and fourth numbers tell you the calendar date. For example, a date code ending in 1212 means the date of production was November 22. On 1stDibs, find a variety of expertly vetted Dior bags.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Dior is a luxury brand. Typically, a luxury brand is any that produces non-essential goods of exceptional quality and sells them at a high price point. The garments, accessories and jewelry made by Dior fit this definition. Find a large selection of Dior on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To clean a Dior canvas bag, moisten a soft cloth with lukewarm water. Add a few drops of mild dish soap and rub the ends of the cloth together to create lather. Gently wipe the entire bag. Then, moisten a second cloth and wipe again to remove the soap. Shop a large selection of Dior canvas bags on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To authenticate a Dior scarf, examine the tag. Designs vary from year to year, but generally the tag will display at least the brand name in the correct font. On an authentic Dior scarf, the tag is usually perfectly parallel to the edge of the scarf and the printing appears centered and crisp. The stitching that holds the tag should be evenly spaced. Find a collection of expertly vetted Dior scarves on 1stDibs.

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