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Christian Dior Day Dresses

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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Designer: Christian Dior
CHRISTIAN DIOR 2000 Sheer Blue Knit Top & Skirt Set by John Galliano Runway S/S
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Arnsberg, NW
CHRISTIAN DIOR 2000. Sheer Blue Knit Top & Skirt Set from Christian Dior by John Galliano. The top closes at the front of the collar with a hook and eye. The skirt has a blue lining...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Dior Baby Pink Floral Silk Dress and Pants Set - 12 Months
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Dior Baby 12-months Pink Floral Silk Dress and Pants Set Dress - Pink Baby Dress - 12 months - Round neck, sleeveless - Pleated Skirt - Empire Waist - Buttoned at back - Fully...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano Little Black Dress with Corset Lacing Details.
By Christian Dior, John Galliano
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Christian Dior by John Galliano Little Black Dress with Corset Lacing Details. This is so special. Use the zoom feature to see details. There is a lot of stretch in this, the measure...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior Floral Slip Dress with Lace Insert
By Christian Dior
Located in Austin, TX
Christian Dior floral slip dress with lace insert, has stretch. Synthetic blend fabric. Condition: Excellent. Size XS, FR 34, US 2 29" bust, 28" waist, 35" hips, 36" length LISTI...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

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 Day Dresses

Cotton flowers printed bustier dress Christian Dior Dior 2
By Christian Dior
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Cotton flowers printed bustier dress with bow on the bust. SIZE M
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1980s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Vintage Christian Dior New York Fringe Trim Maxi Dress 1960s
By Christian Dior
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage 1960s Christian Dior New York fringe trim maxi dress. Could the designers at Christian Dior-New York have been inspired by the textiles of the Wiener Werkstatte? Possibly, th...
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1960s Christian Dior Day Dresses

S/S 1994 Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferré Three Piece Skirt Suit Runway
By Christian Dior, Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a three-piece demi-couture skirt suit designed by Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior's Spring/Summer 1994 collection. This piece features brown waxed cord brai...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

1990s Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferré Sheer Polka Dot Lace Bodycon Mini Dress
By Christian Dior, Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a sensual yellow and black knit Christian Dior Boutique dress, designed by Gianfranco Ferré. From the 1990s, this beautiful sleeveless dress features a knit pol...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

F/W 2005 Christian Dior by John Galliano Blue Floral Silk Chiffon Gown
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a sensual light blue Christian Dior gown, designed by John Galliano. From the Fall/Winter collection, a similar dress debuted as look number 46 on the season's ...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

CHRISTIAN DIOR green silk 2019 OMBRE PLEATED MIDI EVENING Dress 38 S
By Christian Dior
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2019 pleated midi dress in mint and gray silk (100%). Comes with a slip dress (please note that measurements are taken from the slip dress...
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2010s Christian Dior Day Dresses

CHRISTIAN DIOR 2001 Iconic Newsprint / Newspaper Dress by John Galliano
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Arnsberg, NW
CHRISTIAN DIOR 2001. Iconic Newsprint / Newspaper dress by Christian Dior by John Galliano. Buy Now Or Cry Later! It is one of the most famous dresses ever made and the essence...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

vintage CHRISTIAN DIOR grey check houndstooth pink lace mini dress FR36 S
By Christian Dior
Located in Hong Kong, NT
vintage CHRISTIAN DIOR grey check houndstooth pink lace mini dress FR36 S Reference: TGAS/B01712 Brand: Christian Dior Designer: John Galliano Material: Polyester Color: Grey Pattern...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

S/S 2006 Christian Dior by John Galliano Diorissimo Print Denim Button Up Dress
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a denim Christian Dior Boutique dress with a Diorissimo print, designed by John Galliano. From the Spring/Summer 2006 collection, this dress is constructed enti...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

S/S 2005 Christian Dior by John Galliano Floral Diorissimo Lace Slip Dress
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a floral Diorissimo print Christian Dior Boutique dress, designed by John Galliano. From the Spring/Summer 2005 collection, similar dresses debuted on the runwa...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

S/S 2001 Christian Dior by John Galliano Black Knit Crochet Dress
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an alluring crochet high-low Christian Dior dress, designed by John Galliano. From the Spring/Summer 2001 collection, this stunning knit dress features a cowl n...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

S/S 2001 Christian Dior by John Galliano Belted Mesh Tie-Dye Top Skirt Set
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a water color tie-dye three piece blouse belt and skirt set. The zip-up blouse is constructed of sheer mesh and features a 'D' shaped initial zipper pull, two p...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

NEW Christian Dior Belted Chiffon Silk Printed Tunic Kaftan Dress 40
By Christian Dior
Located in Switzerland, CH
Amazing bright orange silk kaftan dress by Christian Dior Consisting of two pieces, dress and belt Finest chiffon silk Botanic print Batwing sleeves Simply slips on Metal plate "Dior...
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2010s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Vintage 1999 Christian Dior by John Galliano Suede Lace Bias-Cut Gown and Jacket
By Christian Dior, John Galliano
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Christian Dior laser-cut suede and chantilly lace bias-cut gown with matching jacket that cost well over $30,000 when new. Dior is probably the best known name in high f...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior Grey Textured Knit Flared Dress - Size US 6
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Christian Dior Grey Textured Knit Flared Dress - Made of soft fresh knit - Gorgeous classic cut - Crossover striped texture - Round neckline - Flared skirt - Zip fastening to t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano lavender crochet lace maxi dress, ss 2000
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior maxi dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Lavender viscose crochet lace ▪ Canary yellow zigzag stitch trimmings ▪ Figure hugging ▪ Rayon-knit underdress attached ...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

John Galliano for Christian Dior S/S 2009 Silk Halter Dress
By Christian Dior, John Galliano
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous rich purple silk halter dress by John Galliano for Christian Dior. It is fitted through the bodice with a stunning intricately detailed ruffle trimmed plunge halter neckli...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior Vintage ivory white fit and flare silk wedding midi swing dress
By Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
Christian Dior Vintage ivory fit and flare silk dress Beaded empire waistline that closes at the back via two popper buttons Concealed back central zip Double layered skirt This d...
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior Day Dresses

Black Christian Dior 3D Crochet Knit Ribbed Dress with Ruches Dior Logo Plate 40
By Christian Dior
Located in Switzerland, CH
An extremely luxurious and versatile CHRISTIAN DIOR classic signature piece that will last you for years Gorgeous, almost couture-like piece hand-crafted by the seamstresses ...
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2010s Christian Dior Day Dresses

F/W 2006 Christian Dior by John Galliano Floral Beaded Silk Chiffon Dress
By Christian Dior, John Galliano
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a stunning chiffon silk dress with a beaded floral design, designed by John Galliano. This Dior dress was created for the Fall/Winter 2006 collection. Construct...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

CHRISTIAN DIOR 2005 Antique Rose Dress With Gold-Tone Sequins By John Galliano
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Arnsberg, NW
CHRISTIAN DIOR 2005. Old rose color dress with gold sequins from Christian Dior by John Galliano. The elegant dress is an extremely rare collector's item. Buy Now Or Cry Later! G...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

F/W 2004 Christian Dior by John Galliano Purple Cheetah Print Silk Ruffle Gown
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a stunning purple animal print silk chiffon dress designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior's Fall/Winter 2004 collection. This 'Gambler' print debuted on t...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

1970s Christian Dior Couture Pink Polka Dot Halter Neck Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
1970s Christian Dior pink and white polka dot maxi dress. This is a rare example of a labelled Christian Dior Patron label which indicated that the dress was a bespoke order which c...
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1970s Christian Dior Day Dresses

John Galliano for Christian Dior Silk Dress with Buckle Straps and Drawstring
By Christian Dior
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous black silk dress from John Galliano for Christian Dior. It has adjustable straps with silver Dior embossed buckles at each shoulder and at the back of each strap plus a c...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano floral silk double-layered slip dress, ss 2005
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior silk chiffon double-layered slip dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Edged with lace and nylon mesh ▪ Floral printed undress with a shorter nude dress layered on to...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

John Galliano for Christian Dior Silk Ruched Corset Dress
By Christian Dior, John Galliano
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous light mint green silk dress from Christian Dior. It has an underwire cup inner boned corset with detachable adjustable straps so it can be worn strapless if desired. Very...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior 1950s Dress and Jacket
By Christian Dior
Located in Water Mill, NY
A rare 2 piece black wool dress and jacket set from the early collections of Christian Dior designed by the master himself. The dress is sleeveless with a crew neckline, a seam belo...
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1960s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano Asymmetric Diorissimo Logo Print Dress FW 2000
By Christian Dior
Located in Switzerland, CH
Stunning Christian Dior Silk Dress Designed by John Galliano for the famous Fall/Winter 2000 Millenium collection Beautiful asymmetic design with ruches Layered upper chiffon silk in...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

John Galliano for Christian Dior S/S 2004 Mixed Print Silk Slip Dress
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous silk dress from John Galliano for Christian Dior in a pink, green and off white mixed pattern of elaborate paisleys and abstract shapes. The slip style dress has spaghetti...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano Silk Ruffle Hem Dress
By Christian Dior, John Galliano
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous silk dress by John Galliano for Christian Dior in brightly colored flowers on a navy and burgundy background. The spaghetti strap bodice is semi fitted and adorned on one ...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior New Silk Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in Water Mill, NY
A beautiful bright neon yellow silk gown dress from Christian Dior. It is sleeveless and has a crew neckline with tucks around it's circumference opening to the hem which has a side...
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2010s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Vintage 1990 Christian Dior Black White Polka-Dot Silk Bustier Plunge Mini Dress
By Christian Dior, Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A stunning Christian Dior numbered Paris boutique polka-dot stretch hourglass dress dating back to the spring-summer 1990 collection. Christian Dior designed under his own name for o...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano pink silk chiffon rose print dress, ss 1999
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior pink silk chiffon rose print dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Bias cut ▪ Frills around neckline, shoulders, and skirt ▪ Spaghetti straps and off-shoulder straps ...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior SS 2002 Dress by John Galliano
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Carnate, IT
Christian Dior Dress. By John Galliano. SS 2002. 100% silk, cotton details. Iconic pattern. Dress can be worn with 2 different styling. As seen in photos. Size 38 FR. Conditions: ...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano burgundy floral twisted mini slip dress, fw 2005
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior burgundy floral mini slip dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Art Nouveau inspired floral print ▪ Lace trim ▪ Ribbon bow detail ▪ Twisted cut allows the fabric to...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

1980s Christian Dior Couture Blue Silk Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
This 1980s French demi couture column dress is composed of swathes of blue chiffon silk, brought together with numerous haute couture stitching. It was purchased as a Dior and certai...
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1980s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior Black & White Square Knit Dress - Size US 2
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Christian Dior Black Squared Skater Dress - Squared pattern on the body of the dress - Round & wide neckline - Skater shape with a pleated skirt - Above the knee length - Light wei...
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2010s Christian Dior Day Dresses

CHRISTIAN DIOR copper silk 2020 LUREX 3/4 SLEEVE GOWN Maxi Dress 38 S
By Christian Dior
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Christian Dior Resort 2020 keyhole lurex maxi dress in copper, green and blue silk (66%) and polyester (34%). Features long raglan sleeves (sleeve measurements taken f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior By John Galliano Black Cotton Cargo Dress 2003
By Christian Dior
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Christian Dior by John Galliano black cotton strapless cargo dress with corset bodice, zipper pockets, and snap side cargo pockets....
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior By John Galliano Size 10 Terra Cotta Tan Silk Vintage Slip Dress
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in San Diego, CA
Flirty late 90s CHRISTIAN DIOR by JOHN GALLIANO terra cotta tan colored silk slip dress! The perfect alternative to a little black dress, this timeless beauty will be your go-to stap...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano white silk strapless dress, ss 2004
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior white strapless dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ White silk jersey tube designed to ruched around the bodice ▪ Silk chiffon high-low skirt with ruffled trim ▪ FR ...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior Resort 2018 brown cream floral print corset bustier midi dress
By Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
Christian Dior Resort 2018 Cream midi length dress with brown floral print Boned corset upper with underwire cups Button up front which is further secured by invisible hooks Cinched ...
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2010s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior 1970s Muslin Cotton Checked Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
A great example of early 1970s daywear and by one of the most revered fashion houses of all time. The dress is a classic front-fastening shirtwaister design with wide lapel collar an...
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1970s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Vintage 1973 Christian Dior Haute Couture Brown Strapless Blouse & Palazzo Pants
By Christian Dior, Marc Bohan
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A gorgeous Christian Dior Haute Couture chocolate brown ensemble dating back to their 1972-73 Fall Winter collection. When the talented Marc Bohan took over as head designer in 1960,...
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1970s Christian Dior Day Dresses

1990s Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferré Black Linen Sleeveless Button Dress
By Christian Dior, Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a black sleeveless linen Christian Dior Boutique dress, designed by Gianfranco Ferré. From the early 1990s, this classically beautiful dress features a wide sco...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Dior Indigo Dark Wash Denim Bee Embellished Back Tie Detail Dress M
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The stunning bee embellishments on the bodice, the pretty neckline and the cool denim construction make this pretty dress from Dior a stunning addition to any fashionista's wardrobe....
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2010s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior Ruched Corset Bustier Dress 1990s
By Christian Dior
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous soft gold fine silk knit dress from Christian Dior. It has an inner boned corset with underwire bust cups, and detachable spaghetti straps in order the also wear the dress...
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1990s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Vintage CHRISTIAN DIOR White Floral Lace Dress Size 8
By Christian Dior
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage CHRISTIAN DIOR White Floral Lace Dress Size 8 Product details: Size US8, FR40 White and black lace Rear zip closure, measures 20 inches long Rear slit detail, measures 8 in...
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior Day Dresses

S/S 2004 Christian Dior John Galliano Silk Tattoo Slip Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in Montgomery, TX
S/S 2004 Christian Dior John Galliano Silk Tattoo Dress Thin straps. The bottom of the dress is finished with silk chiffon which flutters in the wind. Seductive side slit. Size: F...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano blue bias-cut knit dress with cowl neck, ss 2001
By Christian Dior, John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior blue rayon knit dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Cowl neckline ▪ Bias-cut ▪ Asymmetric hemline ▪ Large braided thread appliques ▪ Low back ▪ FR 38 - UK 10 - U...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano floral silk and lace draped dress, fw 2005
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Apricot floral printed silk chiffon ▪ Velvet trim ▪ Lace bust ▪ Draped skirt ▪ Spaghetti straps ▪ Fabric buttons at the side ...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior/John Galliano - Embroidered Cherry Blossom Dress F/W 2003 Sz 38FR
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
John Galliano for Christian Dior Embroidered Cherry Blossom Dress. This dress is formfitting with a geometric hem, mock turtleneck and flowing upper sleeves that taper at the bottom ...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior SS 2019 Lily of the Valley Print Tulle Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in Geneva, CH
The lily of the valley was Mr. Christian Dior’s favorite flower and one of his lucky charms. He dedicated his whole Spring 1954 collection to his favorite flower. For the Spring Summ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior Day Dresses

Christian Dior day dresses for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Christian Dior day dresses. 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, purple and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might find the work of Gucci, Azzedine Alaïa and Jean Paul Gaultier appealing. On 1stDibs, find designer Christian Dior day dresses, vintage and haute couture from top boutiques around the world. The price for these items on 1stDibs starts at $310 and tops out at $32,000, while the average work can sell for $2,898.

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