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Christian Dior

CHRISTIAN DIOR (FRANCE, 1905–57)

Christian Dior (1905–57) 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. There, the visionary couturier would alter the landscape of 20th century fashion.

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 — an expansive collection of which can be found on 1stDibs — Dior gave women the gift of glamour they’d lost in the miserable years of war.

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1950 Christian Dior Chapeaux Black Feather Turban W/ Velvet Applique Details
By Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
1950s Christian Dior Chapeaux black feather tufted turban with velvet triangle applique details. Satin band and a tulle structured crown are covered in applied feathers and velvet st...
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1950s Christian Dior

1950 Miss Dior Created By Christian Dior Black Satin Jet Beaded Cloche
By Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1950s Christian Dior

1950 Christian Dior Made In France Fine Black Felt Capulet Hat "New Look" Design
By Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1950s Christian Dior

1960 Christian Dior By Marc Bohan Black Feather & Quill Structured Cocktail Hat
By Christian Dior, Marc Bohan
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1960s Christian Dior

1970 Dior by Marc Bohan Mocha Disco Gown & Slim Jacket w/Ostrich Trim
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1970s Dior Boutique by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior. Euro-jersey mocha brown disco gown and jacket ensemble with natural ostrich feather trim at neckline and cuffs. A Saks Fifth Ave...
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1970s Christian Dior

1960 Christian Dior By Marc Bohan Satin Pleated Turban w/Black Feather Spray
By Christian Dior, Marc Bohan
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1960s Christian Dior

J’Adore Christian Dior by John Galliano Orange Jersey Print Zip Skirt Size 6
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
J’Adore Christian Dior by John Galliano orange graphic print silk jersey skirt. Side exposed zipper with snakeskin placket and "D" monogram pull tab. Size 6.
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

1960 Christian Dior Silk Spring Floral Turban By Marc Bohan Measures 22 Inches
By Marc Bohan, Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
1960s Christian Dior silk spring floral turban hat by Marc Bohan for Dior. Beautiful muted florals and greenery are so delightful! Mesh base fabric with satin edging. Size 22. Medium
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1960s Christian Dior

1960s Christian Dior Cobalt Tulle & Black Feather Beehive Turban Hat
By Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1960s Christian Dior

1960s Christian Dior Autum600nal Hat W/ Silk Florals & Leaves Over Netting
By Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1960s Christian Dior

1980s Christian Dior Peau De Soie Ankle-Strap Open-Toe Pumps W/ Rhinestone Trim
By Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
Christian Dior Peau De Soie Open-Toe Ankle-Strap High-Heeled Pumps W/ Rhinestone Trimmed Rectangle at Ankle. Lined in silver leather. Size 10
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1980s Christian Dior

1950s Miss Dior Red Velvet Pink Satin & Faille Ruched Turban Style Hat
By Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1950s Christian Dior

1960s Christian Dior Cobalt Blue Turban-Style Hat W/ Pink White & Blue Feathers
By Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
A fabulous 1960s Christian Dior turban-styled hat in cobalt blue felt and pink, white and blue feathers enclosed in glitter studded tulle! This is one of Dior's signature looks!! Ori...
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1960s Christian Dior

1960s Christian Dior Dusty Rose Spring Weight Wool Bouclé Mini Skirt Suit
By Christian Dior, Mark Bohan
Located in San Francisco, CA
An exquisite 1960s classic Christian Dior dusty rose spring-weight wool bouclé mini skirt suit. Collar-less, classic design in a Chanel style with front applied pockets and covered b...
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1960s Christian Dior

1950s Christian Dior Ballet-Inspired Black Ostrich Feather Cocktail Hat
By Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1950s Christian Dior

1960s Christian Dior Cream Wool Bouclé Turban-Style Hat W/ Feathers Under Tulle
By Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1960s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Couture Slate Silk Chiffon Gown with Jewel Encrusted Collar, 1968
By Christian Dior, Marc Bohan
Located in San Francisco, CA
1968 Haute Couture Spring/Summer Christian Dior by Marc Bohan. A stunning slate grey textured silk sleeveless column gown lined in muslin with fitted high waist band and full chiffo...
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1960s Christian Dior

1985 Christian Dior Couture Mohair Purple and Black Window Pane Coat
By Christian Dior, Marc Bohan
Located in San Francisco, CA
A fabulous 1985 couture Marc Bohan for Christian Dior soft and silky (not scratchy at all) mohair purple and black window pane plaid oversized swing coat: No closures with pattern-m...
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1980s Christian Dior

1952 Christian Dior Spring/Summer Couture Black Dupioni Silk Opera Swing Coat
By Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
A gorgeous 1952 Christian Dior Spring/Summer Couture black dupioni silk opera coat: Cut in a full and dramatic swing style with volume falling from the raglan shoulders. The front ...
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1950s Christian Dior

1980s Christian Dior Pointe D'Esprit Tulle Cocktail Dress with Ruffle Hem
By Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
A fabulously sexy 1980s CD de Christian Dior pointe d'esprit tulle cocktail dress with sheer sleeves, decolletage and a full ruffled knee length hemline. Back zipper and backward pe...
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1980s Christian Dior

Raf Simmons for Christian Dior Hunter Green Mesh & Knit Bandage Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
An essential and eminently wearable Raf Simons for Christian Dior dress in a stunningly moody hunter green. Reminiscent of a ladylike bandage dress, but with a slightly flared hemlin...
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2010s Christian Dior

1960s Christian Dior Navy Blue Straw and Tulle Turban
By Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
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1960s Christian Dior

60s Christian Dior Silk Floral Print Sheath Dress and Jacket
By Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
A beautiful early 60s Christian Dior-New York sheath dress and jacket in purple, fuchsia, black and green floral water-color print. Originally sold at Nan Duskin. Size 8, in EXCELLE...
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1960s Christian Dior

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1960s Christian Dior White Straw and Net Turban Dome w Pastel Silk Flower Tassel
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Christian Dior Boutique 60s Numbered Brocade Dress Suit
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A spectacular 1960s Christian Dior Boutique numbered piece in exquisite silk and metal floral brocade! Approx. size 6-8 US. Under dress is made with a silk tank style bodice to go u...
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Christian Dior Golden Silk Satin Pleated Turban With Jewels, 1960s
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1980s Christian Dior Chain Link Belt w/ Faux Pearls
By Christian Dior
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A gorgeous and unusual 1980s Christian Dior Baroque style gold tone chain link belt covered with faux pearls. Buckle closure at front. 30" long at present, but links could easily be...
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1960s Christian Dior Velvet Equestrian Style Hat W/ Bow
By Christian Dior
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1960s Christian Dior

Dior by John Galliano "Dior Drama" Black Cotton T-Shirt
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Dior Boutique by John Galliano black cotton t-shirt with "Dior Drama" cartoon-style silkscreen graphic. Sleeveless with split hem at side. Size 6.
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Located in San Francisco, CA
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1960s Christian Dior Violet Floral Spring Turban Never worn
By Christian Dior
Located in San Francisco, CA
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A gorgeous 60s Christian Dior emerald green satin turban. Lined. Size M to Large.
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