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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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$4,124
Iconic Designs from Christian Dior
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Lady Dior Tote
Lady Dior Tote
Saddle Bag
Saddle Bag
Double Shoulder Saddle Bag
Double Shoulder Saddle Bag
Diorama Bag
Diorama Bag
F/W 2002 Christian Dior by John Galliano Black Silk Floral Print Wide Leg Pants
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a pair of floral print Christian Dior Boutique silk pants, designed by John Galliano. From the Fall/Winter 2002 collection, these fabulous black boot cut pants ...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

F/W 2001 Christian Dior by John Galliano Black Satin Panel Flare Skirt
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a fabulous black satin panel Christain Dior Boutique skirt, designed by John Galliano. From the Fall/Winter 2001 collection, this skirt is constructed of black ...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

Black Cannage Nylon Fur Trimmed Snow Boots
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Dior Black Cannage Nylon Fur Trimmed Snow Boots - Calf length boots panelled with cannage quilted nylon body, and patent leather and rabbit fur trims - Back lace up closure - Embos...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Blue Bicolour Split 2 Aviator Sunglasses
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Christian Dior Blue Bicolour Split 2 Aviator Sunglasses - Bicolour lens in royal blue and navy - Gold-tone meta aviator shaped frame -100% UV protection Materials 100% ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

S/S 2000 Christian Dior by John Galliano Runway White Silk Horsebit Print Skirt
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a beautiful blue equestrian print Christian Dior wrap skirt, designed by John Galliano. From the Spring/Summer 2000 collection, this skirt debuted on the season...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

S/S 2006 Christian Dior by John Galliano Sheer Stretch Knit Black Flare Dress
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a black knit Christian Dior Boutique dress, designed by John Galliano. From the Spring/Summer 2006 collection, this beautiful stretchy dress features a sheer in...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Deep Brown Leather Narrow Belt size 38
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Christian Dior Deep Brown Leather Narrow Belt - Squared single-pin buckle - Silver-tone hardware - Double-stitched detail Material: 100% Calf Leather Made in Italy PLEASE NOTE, T...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

1970s Christian Dior Turquoise and Bright Blue Oval Sunglasses
By Christian Dior
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Christian Dior turquoise sunglasses with blu details. Please note this item cannot be shipped to the US. Width: 15 cm Acetate Very good conditions
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1970s Christian Dior

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Christian Dior fashion for sale on 1stDibs

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 ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Christian Dior, born in Granville, France in 1905, was one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century. His “New Look,” which featured a sensuous silhouette complete with rounded shoulders, a cinched waist and a full skirt, revived extravagance in women’s fashion after the poverty of World War II. Find an opulent collection of Dior pieces from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Dior is a luxury French fashion house that celebrates opulence, extravagance and femininity in fashion. It was founded in 1946 by French fashion designer Christian Dior and gained fame for revolutionizing women’s fashion after World War II. Find a collection of authentic Christian Dior clothing, jewelry and other stunning items on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The company Christian Dior was originally founded in 1946 at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France. From there, Dior strove to deliver fashion for an optimistic post-war future, leading to the great success of his company. Shop a collection of designer Christian Dior pieces from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A new pair of Dior shoes are available online directly through Dior’s website and a variety of other retailers. Vintage editions of Christian Dior shoes are available from a number of online retailers, including on 1stDibs. It’s important to purchase from a vetted seller or vendor to ensure authenticity. While Christian Dior has at times inspired knockoffs, 1stDibs partners with only top-vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    You can buy Dior sneakers directly from the brand's official website. Additionally, the shoes are available from authorized brick-and-mortar retailers and online platforms, including 1stDibs. Buying from a reputable retailer or online platform can help ensure that you receive authentic Dior footwear. Shop a range of Dior sneakers on 1stDibs.

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