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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 Silver Plate Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Christian Dior, Paris modernist large cigar ashtray or desk accessory. This silverplate sophisticated catchall features an iconic streamlined design with clean lines. Marked ...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior Barware Silver Plate and Glass Tray
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sophisticated 1980s modernist barware serving tray platter designed for Christian Dior Home Collection. Large rectangular butler shape builds with silvered metal framing and thick gl...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

1980s Christian Dior Amphora Ceramic Vase Faux Burl Wood
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely 1980s Christian Dior Paris ceramic vase. Glossy ceramic with faux burl wood textured pattern and black detailing. Large "Dior" logo medallion on the front. Measurements: 9.4...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Ceramic, Faience

Christian Dior Crystal Cigar Ashtray Bowl Dish Catchall Desk Tidy
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely Christian Dior crystal cigar ashtray or bowl or desk tidy with heavily carved pattern. This lovely piece features bubble carving around. Marked on the inside with "Christian D...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Crystal

Christian Dior 1980s Crystal Decanter and Glass Set, 5 pieces in Original Box
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Superb crystal barware cocktail decanter set with four matching tumbler glass designed in Italy for Christian Dior Home Collection. The stopper, container, and glass are all cut and ...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Crystal

Christian Dior Ambassadior Fine China Tableware 12 Place Setting, 64 Pieces
By Christian Dior
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Rare Christian Dior "Ambassadior" fine China in perfect, never used condition. 64 pieces total, 12 place settings. Made in Japan. Includes: (not all pictured) 18 soup bowls. 12 sala...
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1990s Regency Christian Dior

Materials

Porcelain

Christian Dior Home Collection 1970s Lucite and Rattan Basket Bowl Centerpiece
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant centerpiece basket or decorative bowl designed for Christian Dior Home Collection in the 1970s. Geometric shape with brass gallery and real rattan or wicker cane work embedde...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Brass, Metal

Christian Dior Home Collection 1970s Lucite and Rattan WasteBasket or Planter
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely wastebasket or planter designed for Christian Dior Home Collection in the 1970s. Geometric shape with brass gallery and real rattan cane work embedded in the crystal clear Luc...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Brass

Christian Dior Tray Board Platter Lucite, Wheat and Dried Flowers
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
This special and unique serving tray was designed by Christian Dior in 1972 for his Home Collection series named "Ecologie" (ecology). This board or platter has a rounded shape with ...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Christian Dior Vintage Glass Desk Clock
By Christian Dior
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Christian Dior vintage glass desk clock, A classy, vintage glass and brass desk clock from Christian Dior. The clock is brass with beige background and black numbers. "Christian Dio...
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Late 20th Century Japanese Art Deco Christian Dior

Materials

Art Glass

Christian Dior Rare Vintage Jewelled Fashion Sunglasses, 1960s
By Christian Dior
Located in Miami, FL
Christian Dior vintage sunglasses. Embellished with enamel and color stones. Some stones missing. Both sides signed.
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1960s Italian Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

Christian Dior Paris Silver Plate Engraved Logo Picture Frame
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
An interesting Christian Dior Paris silverplate picture photo frame. Geometric plain shape with "Dior" logo engraving on the bottom side and engraved crossing line. Black back and ea...
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1990s French Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior Silver Plate Ice Bucket Cooler
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Christian Dior, Paris modernist lidded ice bucket or wine cooler. This silver-plate sophisticated ice bucket features an iconic streamline design with concentric rings and cl...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior Centerpiece
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
A fine centerpiece by Christian Dior in a beautiful, art deco inspired form. Set on a rounded base with undulating details around the base. This elegant accent with fit perfectly on ...
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1970s Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate

Empoli for Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Glass Champagne Ice Bucket Wine Cooler
By Christian Dior, Dior Home, Empoli
Located in Atlanta, GA
1960s French designer Christian Dior glass champagne cooler or wine cooler or ice bucket. From the Dior Home Collection, mouth-blown in Empoli, Italy, with the exclusive tortoiseshel...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Blown Glass, Glass

Christian Dior Ice Bucket Cooler Etched Crystal and Stainless Steel
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Christian Dior, Paris modernist ice bucket or wine cooler. This sophisticated clear crystal ice bucket features an iconic fabric-like etched design with a tall high gloss sta...
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1990s French Mid-Century Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Crystal, Metal, Stainless Steel

Christian Dior Tray Board Platter Lucite and Dried Flowers
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
This is a very special and unique serving tray, designed by Christian Dior in 1972 for his Home Collection named "Ecology". This board or platter has a rounded shape and raised edges...
Category

1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Christian Dior 1970s Silver Plate Box
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful modernist silver plate decorative box designed by Christian Dior for his home collection. Elegant minimal rounded shape with lid and refined carved ornamental gadrooning pa...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Gray and Black Dior Logo Silk Scarf and New Black Cotton Back Decorative Pillow
By Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern signed retro black and gray beehive pattern logo silk scarf with backing in black cotton percale and poly fill insert decorative pillow. The word "Dio...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Cotton, Silk, Polyester

Christian Dior Tortoise Glass Cocktail Martini Jug Pitcher
By Christian Dior, Dior Home, Empoli
Located in Atlanta, GA
Marvelous barware set created by Empoli, Italy for Christian Dior home collection. Tall Martini pitcher or cocktail blender glass jug with silver plate trim and exclusive tortoiseshe...
Category

1960s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Vintage Christian Dior Pair of Clip-On Earrings, 1980s
By Christian Dior
Located in Bochum, NRW
Christian Dior pair of ear clips, gilt metal, floral motif. Each marked Christian Dior, Germany. Very good preowned condition. Germany, 1980s. Measurements: diameter 39 mm.
Category

1980s European Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Glass Champagne or Wine Cooler by Empoli, 1960s
By Christian Dior
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Christian Dior ice bucket or a wine cooler made in Italy by Empoli, ca' 1960's. Beautiful and stylish blown glass with tortoise effect. Measures: Height is 9.25", diameter 8.25".
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Blown Glass

Mid-Century Modern Silvered Displays Presentoir by Christian Dior Set of 3
By Christian Dior
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-Century Modern silvered displays Presentoir by Christian Dior. Set of three silver plated metal displays, shaped as a towel tied with a cord, by Christian Dior. Each marked "Chr...
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20th Century Italian Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

Barovier for Christian Dior Paris "Tartan" Murano Glass Bottle with Stopper
By Ercole Barovier, Christian Dior
Located in Brussels, BE
A "tartan" or called "scozzese" (Scottish) Bottle with stopper designed and manufactured circa 1969 by Barovier et Toso in Murano. Blown glass bottle made of fused polychrome glass ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Art Glass

Christian Dior 1970s Lucite and Rattan Magazine Rack Holder
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning modernist magazine rack, holder, stand designed for Christian Dior Home Collection in the 1970s. Geometric shape with brass gallery, clear Lucite, and real rattan cane-work ...
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Brass

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Glass Barware Pitcher
By Christian Dior, Dior Home, Empoli
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant glass pitcher manufactured by Empoli, Italy for Christian Dior Home Collection. Mouth-blown with an exclusive tortoiseshell (tortoise) color flowing pattern. Polished pontil ...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Blown Glass

Christian Dior Serving Tray
By Christian Dior
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This special and unique serving tray is designed by Christian Dior in the 1970s. Inside the plexiglass tray are real autumn leaves with nice colors. This magnificent tray is in very...
Category

1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Plexiglass

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Lucite Magazine Rack Holder
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful magazine rack, holder, stand designed for Christian Dior Home Collection in the 1970s. Geometric "U" shape with large rounded holes for the handles. Semi-transparent Lucite...
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1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite

Vintage Christian Dior Wine Cooler
By Christian Dior
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Wine cooler by Christian Dior Silver plated. Italy, circa 1970 Some plated looses on the back.
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate

Christian Dior Stainless Steel Gaudron Flatware with Gold Accent Service for 18
By Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine Christian Dior stainless steel flatware service. In the Gaudron pattern with gold accent. With 18 place settings each including a dinner knife, dinner fork, salad fork,...
Category

1990s Korean Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Stainless Steel

Christian Dior Tortoise Lucite and Brass Magazine Rack Holder, France, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant magazine rack holder in tortoise effect Lucite and brass details designed for Christian Dior Home, 1970s.
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Brass

Christian Dior Silver Plated Wine Cooler
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
This ultra chic wine cooler by Christian Dior features a unique design in silver plate. Its interior houses the coolant sleeve where the wine bottle sits and features a removable lip...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Christian Dior

Materials

Silver

Christian Dior Silver Plated Ice Bucket
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
This ultra chic ice bucket by Christian Dior features a unique design in silver plate with "CD" logo on lid handle. It is stamped Christian Dior Paris on the bottom. Companion win...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Christian Dior

Materials

Silver

"Ruby" Helmet for Christian Dior
By Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
Extremely rare Christian Dior / ruby Ruby helmet for Christian Dior. Helmet designed for the decoration of Dior boutiques and which has never been commercialized. Carbon, leather...
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2010s French Christian Dior

Materials

Steel

1970s Potpourri Holder in Gilt Metal with Real Ostrich Egg by Christian Dior
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
A 1970s potpourri holder in gilt metal mounted with real ostrich egg centre by Christian Dior Home. Stamped on the side "Christian Dior".
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

French Christian Dior Faux Malachite Folding Tray Table, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
This folding tray table is a rare and unique piece from Christian Dior’s, 1970s line of furniture. For both the tray and the legs, wood is painted a smooth black. While the structure...
Category

1970s French Hollywood Regency Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Malachite

Barovier for Christian Dior Paris "Tartan" Murano Glass Bottle with Stopper
By Christian Dior, Ercole Barovier
Located in Brussels, BE
A "tartan" or called "scozzese" (Scottish) Bottle with stopper designed and manufactured around 1969 by Barovier et Toso in Murano. Blown glass bottle made of fused polychrome glass...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Art Glass

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Lucite and Chrome Serving Tray, France, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Serving tray in tortoiseshell effect Lucite and chrome borders. France, Mid-Century Modern piece, circa 1970.
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Christian Dior Signed 1960s Snake Chain Gold-Tone Metal Graceful Swag Belt
By Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From Christian Dior, France, a 1960s Era belt made of five gold-tone snake chains bound at three intervals with soldered rectangular stations. The chains hang in a graceful swag. The...
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1660s French Mid-Century Modern Antique Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

Stunning Vase Signed by "Bonega - Paris" and "Christian Dior"
By Christian Dior
Located in Beirut, LB
Beautiful decorative vase in black lacquered wood with two gazelle’s motif in red and gilt color in the style of Jean Dunand. (1877-1942) Made for commemorative anniversary of “La m...
Category

Late 20th Century French Art Deco Christian Dior

Materials

Wood

Vintage Christian Dior Silver Plated Serving Tray, circa 1970
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
A fabulous and rare piece of vintage designer homeware by House of Christian Dior. Made from silver plate, the tray has a nautical feel, with rope handles and a rope wrapped borde...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate

Christian Dior, Pencil Holder in Silver Metal, circa 1970
By Christian Dior
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Christian Dior, pencil holder in silver metal, circa 1970.
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate

1970s Umbrella Stand Lucite and Wicker by Christian Dior Home Collection
By Gabriella Crespi, Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Umbrella stand in the midcentury style by Christian Dior Home collection and designed by Gabriella Crespi. Geometric shape with gilt brass gallery and real rattan cane-work embedded ...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Brass

1970s Christian Dior Paperweight of a Thimble
By Cristal Au Plomb, Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
A 1970s paperweight by Christian Dior for French crystal glass manufacture, Crystal Au Plomb. The paperweight features a glossy perforated surface towards the top, imitating that of ...
Category

Late 20th Century French Christian Dior

Materials

Crystal

Pair of Cache Pots by Christian Dior, circa 1980
By Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
Two important cache-pots made in Italy for Christian Dior around 1980. In glazed earthenware in imitation of marble inlay with gilt fillets. Signed.
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Christian Dior

Materials

Faience

Christian Dior Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Dior Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs.com. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Christian Dior Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of Christian Dior's original furniture was created in the modern style in Europe during the 18th century and earlier. Many customers also consider Furniture by Jacques Blin Furniture, Vallauris Furniture and Accolay Pottery Furniture when they are looking for additional options. Prices for Christian Dior furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$85 and tops out at US$11,309, while pieces like these can sell for US$1,199 on average.
Questions About Christian Dior
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    Christian Dior and Dior are the same. The former refers to the founding designer of his namesake fashion house, Dior.
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    Christian Dior is famous for his eponymous fashion house. Dior's style is characterized by its elegant, yet conservative pieces, a range of which can be found on 1stDibs.