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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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Christian Dior Centerpiece
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
A fine centerpiece by Christian Dior in a beautiful, art deco inspired form. Set on a rounded base with undulating details around the base. This elegant accent with fit perfectly on ...
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1970s Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate

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Christian Dior Centerpiece
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
A fine centerpiece by Christian Dior in a beautiful, art deco inspired form. Set on a rounded base with undulating details around the base. This elegant accent with fit perfectly on ...
Category

1970s Modern Vintage Christian Dior

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Silver Plate

  • Christian Dior Centerpiece
  • Christian Dior Centerpiece
  • Christian Dior Centerpiece
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H 4.25 in. Dm 8 in.
Christian Dior Logo Box
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and timeless box by Christian Dior, featuring a leather body and brass top with etched logos. Marked on inner lid. 1970s Measures: 6.5" x 4.5" x 1.75".
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1970s Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Brass

  • Christian Dior Logo Box
  • Christian Dior Logo Box
  • Christian Dior Logo Box
  • Christian Dior Logo Box
H 1.75 in. W 6.5 in. D 4.5 in.
Christian Dior Coasters
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful set of Christian Dior coasters in silver plated brass, with a patterned edge. Set of 4, marked on bottom. 1970s.
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H 0.5 in. W 3.25 in. D 3.25 in.
Christian Dior Belt-Strap Box
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
A fine and scarce box by Christian Dior, with a figural belt-strap wrapping around the box. Silver Plated brass, 1970s.
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1970s Modern Vintage Christian Dior

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H 2 in. W 4 in. D 8.5 in.
Christian Dior Serving Dish
By Christian Dior
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A fine Christian Dior serving dish. Featuring 4 removable dishes. Marked on underside. 1970s. Measures: 9" x 11" x 8".
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H 11 in. W 8 in. D 9 in.
Christian Dior Bottle Opener
By Christian Dior
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A rare bottle opener from Christian Dior. The body has a fluted texture spiraling upwards. Signed C.Dior on the bottom.
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H 1.5 in. W 6 in. D 1.5 in.
Christian Dior Glass Pitcher
By Christian Dior
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A fabulous and elegant pitcher by Christian Dior, likely under the direction of Gabrielle Crespi.
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H 10 in. W 5 in. D 7 in.
Christian Dior Flask
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful fluted flask made by Christian Dior, featuring a screw off cap. Marked on bottom.
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Silver Plate

  • Christian Dior Flask
  • Christian Dior Flask
  • Christian Dior Flask
  • Christian Dior Flask
H 6 in. W 4 in. D 2 in.
Christian Dior Silver Pumpkin Box
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
large figural Pumpkin box made by Christian Dior. Super heavy and great quality
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Christian Dior Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Dior Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Christian Dior Furniture collection, there are many options to choose from, although silver editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 1 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Prices for Christian Dior furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes.

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Questions About Christian Dior
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Christian Dior is famous for his eponymous fashion house. Dior's style is characterized by its elegant, yet conservative pieces, a range of which can be found on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Christian Dior and Dior are the same. The former refers to the founding designer of his namesake fashion house, Dior.