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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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Saddle Bag
Saddle Bag
Lady Dior Tote
Lady Dior Tote
Double Shoulder Saddle Bag
Double Shoulder Saddle Bag
Christian Dior Black Christal Diamond Automatic Watch CD113511M001
By Christian Dior
Located in Tustin, CA
We are pleased to offer this Christian Dior Black Christal Diamond Automatic Watch CD113511. This watch features a 33mm stainless steel case, automatic movement with exhibition case ...
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2010s Contemporary Christian Dior

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Diamond, Stainless Steel

20th Century Gold & Swarovski Cry stal Earrings By, Christian Dior
By Christian Dior
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
20th Century Gold & Swarovski Earrings By, Christian Dior. These classic and timeless earrings feature a curved and dimensional shape. Executed in gold plate metal with ridge detail ...
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20th Century Christian Dior

20th Century Gold Enamel & Swarovksi Crystal Earrings By, Christian Dior
By Christian Dior
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
20th Century Pair Of Gold Plate, Enamel & Swarovksi Crystal Earrings By, Christian Dior. These clip style earrings feature gold plate with ivory enamel and brilliant cut and faceted ...
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior

Dior Dio(R)evolution Bracelet Set
By Christian Dior
Located in Nicosia, CY
The Dio(r)evolution bracelet set is a versatile piece made with antique gold-finish metal. One of the bracelets features an open shape with a crystal on each extremity as well as the...
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2010s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Boutique Vintage Gold Toned Charm Bracelet
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR BOUTIQUE vintage gold toned large textured link bracelet featuring a quilted CD monogram charm. T-bar and toggle closure. Marked CHRISTIAN DIOR BOUTIQUE. Indicative...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Vintage Christian Dior Bracelet
By Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR bracelet made of base silver metal embellished with rhinestone. Dior is written inside of the claps and it's from the Gianfranco Ferré period. This bracelet is in go...
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior

Materials

Base Metal

Christian Dior Antiqued Silver Toned Logo Leather Dangling Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR antiqued silver toned dangling earrings (clip-on) featuring chains and a CHRISTIAN DIOR logo embellished with brown leather. Embossed DIOR. Indicative measurements :...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Boutique Vintage Bicentennial Coin Limited Edition Brooch, 1989
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR vintage gold toned 1989 bicentennial limited edition bar brooch featuring coin charms. This brooch features a chunky braided chain design bar top with 5 coin charms e...
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20th Century Christian Dior

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Christian Dior jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Christian Dior jewelry and watches. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Christian Dior jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Christian Dior diamond jewelry & watches, from our inventory of 84, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. This collection contains 594 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Modern and contemporary are among the most popular styles of Christian Dior's jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix and , Miriam Haskell. Prices for Christian Dior watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $79 and tops out at $48,935, while pieces like these can sell for $694 on average.
Questions About Christian Dior
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To tie a scarf on a Lady Dior bag, knot one end on one side of the arched handle. Position the short end of the scarf so that it faces straight down. Then, carefully wrap the long end of the scarf around the handle, working from one side to the other. Stop occasionally to reposition the short end to keep the tip facing downward. Once the scarf completely covers the handle, knot the other end. Shop a large selection of Lady Dior bags on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The last four digits on a Dior date stamp indicate the month and year. The first and third digits represent the months, while the second and fourth digits represent the year. For example, if your date code ends with 1109, then that would mean the time of manufacture was October 2019. This is the same code system used by Louis Vuitton.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    After seven years as an art dealer, Christian Dior retrained as a fashion illustrator, eventually landing a job as a fashion designer for French fashion designer Robert Piguet. In 1941, following a year of military service, Dior joined the fashion house of Lucien Lelong. Five years later, he was able to open a fashion house of his own at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris. At 1stDibs, you’ll find a collection of vintage and modern Christian Dior clothing and accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Dior shoes tend to run narrow. It is often recommended to purchase a size up, especially if you don’t have narrow feet to begin with. Find a collection of vintage and contemporary Christian Dior shoes from a variety of top sellers around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A new pair of Dior eyeglasses are available from Dior directly as well as through multiple retailers. For physical store locations, consult the brand’s website. Shop a collection of vintage Christian Dior eyeglasses from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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