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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 Vintage Fox Fur Hat
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Vintage orange fox fur natural tone hat by Christian Dior. Material: Fox Fur Measurements: circumference: 55 centimetres
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20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior Silk Scarf
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This Dior scarf is crafted from a soft pure silk in navy, this scarf presents a romantic floral print. With finished edges, Dior's logo is subtly printed on the rim. It also features...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Brown Astrakhan Coat
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from pure lamb fur, this pre-owned, 1920's inspired astrakhan coat by Christian Dior features classic lapels, a distinctive deep brown, textured exterior, long-slee...
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1920s Christian Dior

1960's Christian Dior Brown Haute Couture Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This exquisite vintage dress was crafted in France from green silk, the beautiful structure features a round neck, an invisible back zip fastening, a sleeveless design, a slim fit, a...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Dior Flower Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Add a little sophistication to your look with this pair of earrings by Christian Dior, designed for the optimum elegance with a distinctive flower shape in brown hues. Colour: Brown...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior Silver Chain Bracelet
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Add a little Parisian sophistication to your look with this pre-owned, bracelet from Christian Dior, designed for the optimum elegance with a distinctive, chunky linked-chain design,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Book Tote Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
As part of Christian Dior's Spring/Summer 2018 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri introduced the Book Tote bag. At glance a simple bag, it actually requires 37 hours of impeccable craft...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Burgundy Dioraddict Flap Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Launched in 2017 under the creative direction of Maria Grazia-Chiuri, the Dioraddict bag is the new it-bag from Dior. Featuring the signature Dior logo in bold lettering, single flap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Grey Structured Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This unique Christian Dior Dress was crafted in Italy from grey wool and silk. The eye-catching structure dress features a round neck, an invisible back zip fastening, short sleeves,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Burgundy Mini 'Diorever' Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Elegantly structured to perfection from the smoothest calfskin leather in a deep burgundy, this Diorever bag, the symbol of Couture elegance and refinement is suffused with cutting-e...
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior Vintage Bangle
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Gold-toned brass stone embellished cuff from Christian Dior Vintage featuring a slip-on style, filigree detailing and faux-pearl embellishments. Please note this item is a prototyp...
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1990s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Vintage Chain Neckace
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Christian Dior Vintage Chain Neckace. Gold-tone vintage metal necklace from Christian Dior featuring a chain design and clear stone embellishments. Colour: Gold Material: Gold-...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Dior White Leather Eiffel Tower Embroidered Medium 'Lady Dior' Handbag
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This Lady Dior bag, the symbol of Couture elegance and refinement is elegantly crafted in a soft and radiant white lambskin leather and features a vibrant, embroidered Eiffel Tower d...
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior Python Jacket
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This Christian Dior jacket is crafted from python that's beautifully rippled and textural. Surprisingly lightweight, it is tailored with a raised collar, and an asymmetric zip fasten...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Dior Black Leather Handbag
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Bringing together contemporary elegance for the woman on the go, this Christian Dior handbag is crafted from a black leather embellished with silver-tone hardware, including an iconi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Pearl-embellished Necklace
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Crafted from gold-toned metal hardware, this elegant, pre-owned necklace from Christian Dior is a unique piece that adds a touch of classic sophistication to any outfit with small-si...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Red Tear Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Add a little sophistication to your look with this pair of pre-owned, 90s inspired, stud earrings by Christian Dior, crafted from gold-toned metal hardware and designed for the optim...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Pearl-embellished Bracelet
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Crafted from gold-toned metal hardware, this elegant, pre-owned bracelet from Christian Dior is designed for the optimum elegance with strings of cream-coloured faux-pearl and transp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Bright Pink Flower Print Silk Scarf
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This Dior scarf is crafted from a soft pure silk in bright pink, this scarf presents a romantic mixture of floral prints and modern sketches. With finished edges, Dior's logo is subt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Vintage Painted Stone Clip On Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
These vintage clip on earrings from Christian Dior feature a central Red painted stone and Gold-tone detailing. Measurements: Height: 2.5cm, Width: 2.5cm Material: Metal, Paint...
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Mid-20th Century Christian Dior

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Christian Dior Silk Scarf
By Christian Dior
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This Dior scarf is crafted from a soft pure silk in navy, this scarf presents a romantic floral print. With finished edges, Dior's logo is subtly printed on the rim. It also features...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Brown Astrakhan Coat
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from pure lamb fur, this pre-owned, 1920's inspired astrakhan coat by Christian Dior features classic lapels, a distinctive deep brown, textured exterior, long-slee...
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1920s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Silver Chain Bracelet
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Add a little Parisian sophistication to your look with this pre-owned, bracelet from Christian Dior, designed for the optimum elegance with a distinctive, chunky linked-chain design,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

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Dior Flower Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Add a little sophistication to your look with this pair of earrings by Christian Dior, designed for the optimum elegance with a distinctive flower shape in brown hues. Colour: Brown...
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1960's Christian Dior Brown Haute Couture Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
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Marchesa Silver Snakeskin Clutch with Crystal
By Marchesa
Located in London, GB
This striking clutch from Marchesa features metallic snakeskin body, gold-tone hardware trims and the brand's signature natural crystal clasp. The contrast lining is crafted in a lux...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

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Cartier Silk Scarf
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Silk scarf by Cartier featuring an all-over print representing the globe and a cruise ship as well as the British, American and French flags. Brand-new.
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

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W 33.86 in. L 34.65 in.
Vintage 1960s Clip-On Earrings
Located in London, GB
A striking pair of black clip-on earrings from the 1960s. In a floral design, these vintage earrings feature gold-tone hardware and red vintage stones. The perfect way to bring a tou...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Vintage Black Crocodile Leather Clutch
Located in London, GB
With echoes of Art Deco, this vintage clutch is crafted in crocodile leather, and finished ornately with embossed metal and an onyx-like stone clasp. Executed in a sleek shape for an...
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20th Century Christian Dior

1950s Vintage Earrings
Located in London, GB
Gold-plated metallic earrings from the 1950s boasting a sphere design with pink and purple spiked crystals and clip-on fastenings. Returns Policy: Final Sale - No Returns. All ...
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1950s Vintage Christian Dior

Vintage 1950s Lily Montez Cartwheel Skirt
Located in London, GB
In an iconic silhouette from the decade, this vintage 1950s skirt is flatteringly cut with a cinched waist that blossoms into a full skirt. From the label Lily Montez, the monochrome...
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1950s Christian Dior

Bottega Veneta Purple Crocodile Handbag
By Bottega Veneta
Located in London, GB
Featuring an exquisite crocodile skin in eggplant purple, this handbag from Bottega Veneta is complimented by silver hardware on the handles and clasp and a hexagonal opening. This p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

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H 8.67 in. W 15.75 in. D 7.88 in.
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Dior baby Blue Lady Dior Handbag
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
The ever-enchanting Lady Dior handbag from Dior. This rendition features baby blue leather offset with silver-toned Dior monogram charms, for an elegant effect that lifts the iconic ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

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Size: W: 24cm, H: 20cm, D: 11cm
Christian Dior Silk Polka-dot Playsuit
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Crafted in pure silk, this pre-owned, playsuit from Christian Dior features long sleeves with button cuffs, a concealed front button fastening and embroidered logo detailing at the w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Embellished Wool Knit Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Expertly crafted in Italy from a black wool-blend, this pre-owned, contemporary style dress by Christian Dior showcase a fitted silhouette, a round neck design and three-quarter leng...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Silk Shirt Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Expertly crafted in France from pure cream silk, this pre-owned, contemporary-style shirt dress by Christian Dior showcases a concealed front fastening, classic collar and long sleev...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Leopard Mink Fur Coat
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from pure mink, this pre-owned, 1920's inspired, fur coat by Christian Dior features a shift silhouette, a distinctive leopard print exterior, three-quarter length ...
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1920s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Vintage Chinchilla Fur Coat
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Black and grey chinchilla fur coat from Christian Dior Vintage featuring a high collar with concealed front fastening, long sleeves and a knee length cut. Returns Policy: Final Sa...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior 'Lady Dior' Handbag
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This Lady Dior bag, the symbol of Couture elegance and refinement is elegantly crafted in a soft and vibrant orange lambskin leather. The piece is instantly recognisable by its iconi...
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior Zebra 'Lady' Handbag
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Small Dior Lady Bag is crafted in patent leather with zebra print panels and accented with gun-metal hardware. The lining is made of canvas and has one zipped pocket. Material: Pa...
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior Embellished Coral Shirt Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This Christian Dior shirt dress has true statement appeal, with its collar outlined in sequins and beads that continue along the shoulder. Its pleated, billowy shape includes a silk ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior 'Lady Dior' Handbag
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
The ever-enchanting Lady Dior handbag in patent black leather from Christian Dior features the traditional monogram charms in gold-plated hardware, for an elegant effect that lifts t...
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior Flower Print Purple Silk Scarf
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Crafted from a soft pure silk in lavender tone, this Dior scarf presents a romantic mixture of floral prints and modern sketches. With finished edges, Dior's logo is subtly printed o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Beige Leather Clutch Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This Christian Dior envelope clutch bag is crafted from beautifully soft ruched beige leather and features a 3D satin rose design on the bottom corner, exuding the classic femininity...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior fashion for sale on 1stDibs

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