Fashion

Christian Dior (1905 - 1957)

All the aspiring architect wanted, was to work in the arts and he did so by opening an avant-garde gallery in Paris that closed in the 1930s. Turned into a couturier, Christina Dior broke into fashion after WWII with his voluptuous New Look silhouette. His traditional approach of femininity seduced the “flower women” in need of fantasy after the dark hours of wartime.

Christian Dior adjusting a dress on a model in his Paris salon, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Christian Dior adjusting a dress on a model in his Paris salon, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Dovima in Christian Dior Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1955
Dovima in Christian Dior Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1955
Christian Dior, Maxim's Dress, 1947, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Maxim's Dress, 1947, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Afternoon Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1949
Christian Dior, Afternoon Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1949
Christian Dior, Dress, 1947, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Christian Dior, Dress, 1947, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Christian Dior, Dress, photographed by Mark Shaw, 1957
Christian Dior, Dress, photographed by Mark Shaw, 1957
Christian Dior's Paris atelier, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Christian Dior's Paris atelier, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Christian Dior by Willy Maywald, 1948
Christian Dior by Willy Maywald, 1948
Christian Dior, New Look Skirt, photographed by Robert Capa, 1948
Christian Dior, New Look Skirt, photographed by Robert Capa, 1948
Françoise Dambier in Christian Dior Ensemble, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE, 1952
Françoise Dambier in Christian Dior Ensemble, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE, 1952
Sury Parker in Christian Dior Hat, photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1950-1953
Sury Parker in Christian Dior Hat, photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1950-1953
Christian Dior, Schumann Evening Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1950
Christian Dior, Schumann Evening Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1950
Christian Dior, Schumann Evening Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1950
Christian Dior, Schumann Evening Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1950
Christian Dior, La Cigale Day Dress, Fall/Summer 1952, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Christian Dior, La Cigale Day Dress, Fall/Summer 1952, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Christian Dior, Evening Dress, illustration by Pierre Mourgue, 1948
Christian Dior, Evening Dress, illustration by Pierre Mourgue, 1948
Christian Dior, Suit, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1950
Christian Dior, Suit, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1950
Christian Dior, Dress, 1950, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Christian Dior, Dress, 1950, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Dovima in Christian Dior Ensemble, photographed by Milton Greene, 1952
Dovima in Christian Dior Ensemble, photographed by Milton Greene, 1952
Evelyn Tripp in Christian Dior Sargent Dress, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue, 1949
Evelyn Tripp in Christian Dior Sargent Dress, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue, 1949
Christian Dior, Bosphore Dress, 1956, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Bosphore Dress, 1956, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Bosphore Dress (detail), 1956, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Bosphore Dress (detail), 1956, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Venezuela Dress, Fall/Winter 1957, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Christian Dior, Venezuela Dress, Fall/Winter 1957, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Christian Dior, Dress, 1951
Christian Dior, Dress, 1951
Christian Dior, Dresses and Coats, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1953
Christian Dior, Dresses and Coats, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1953
Lisa Fonssagrives in Christian Dior Coat, photographed by Irving Penn, 1950
Lisa Fonssagrives in Christian Dior Coat, photographed by Irving Penn, 1950
Christian Dior, Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1955
Christian Dior, Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1955
Christian Dior and his
Christian Dior and his "Catherinettes", photographed by Robert Doisneau, 1950
Model in Christian Dior Dress during the fitting of the new collection, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Model in Christian Dior Dress during the fitting of the new collection, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Christian Dior, Dinner Dress and Coat, 1953
Christian Dior, Dinner Dress and Coat, 1953
Christian Dior, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1955, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Christian Dior, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1955, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Christian Dior, Dresses from the Vivante Line, photographed by Mark Shaw, FallSLASHWinter 1953
Christian Dior, Dresses from the Vivante Line, photographed by Mark Shaw, FallSLASHWinter 1953
Christian Dior, Ensemble, 1951
Christian Dior, Ensemble, 1951
Christian Dior, Ensemble, 1951
Christian Dior, Ensemble, 1951
Christian Dior, Ensemble, illustration by René Gruau, 1948
Christian Dior, Ensemble, illustration by René Gruau, 1948
Christian Dior's Paris atelier, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Christian Dior's Paris atelier, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Models in Christian Dior new collection, photographed by Lomis Dean, 1957
Models in Christian Dior new collection, photographed by Lomis Dean, 1957
Models in Christian Dior new collection, photographed by Lomis Dean, 1957
Models in Christian Dior new collection, photographed by Lomis Dean, 1957
"Catherinettes" of the Maison Christian Dior finishing the Wedding Dress of the future Queen Soraya, 1951
Bettina Graziani in Christian Dior Ensemble, 1951
Bettina Graziani in Christian Dior Ensemble, 1951
Christian Dior, Evening Dress, 1951, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Christian Dior, Evening Dress, 1951, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Christian Dior, Evening Dress (detail), 1951, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Christian Dior, Evening Dress (detail), 1951, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Elsa Martinelli in Christian Dior Zemire Dress, photographed by Clifford Coffin for Vogue, 1954
Elsa Martinelli in Christian Dior Zemire Dress, photographed by Clifford Coffin for Vogue, 1954
Christian Dior, Ensemble, Fall/Winter 1956, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Christian Dior, Ensemble, Fall/Winter 1956, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Christian Dior by Loomis Dean, 1957
Christian Dior by Loomis Dean, 1957
Anne Sainte-Marie in Christian Dior Suite, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1955
Anne Sainte-Marie in Christian Dior Suite, photographed by Henry Clarke, 1955
Dovima in Christian Dior Ambuscade Tunic, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1950
Dovima in Christian Dior Ambuscade Tunic, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1950
Christian Dior, Cygne Noir Dress, 1949-1950, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Cygne Noir Dress, 1949-1950, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior and Renée Breton by Henry Clarke for Vogue, 1957
Christian Dior and Renée Breton by Henry Clarke for Vogue, 1957
Sunny Harnett in Christian Dior Evening Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1954
Sunny Harnett in Christian Dior Evening Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1954
Ava Gardner and Christian Dior by Willy Maywald, 1956
Ava Gardner and Christian Dior by Willy Maywald, 1956
Ava Gardner and Christian Dior by Willy Maywald, 1956
Ava Gardner and Christian Dior by Willy Maywald, 1956
Evelyn Trip in Christian Dior Dress, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld, 1949
Evelyn Trip in Christian Dior Dress, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld, 1949
Christian Dior in his Paris atelier, 1948
Christian Dior in his Paris atelier, 1948
Christian Dior, Bar Suit, Spring/Summer 1947, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Christian Dior, Bar Suit, Spring/Summer 1947, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Christian Dior, Coat, in L`Officiel No. 307, illustration by René Gruau, 1947
Christian Dior, Coat, in L`Officiel No. 307, illustration by René Gruau, 1947
Dovima in Christian Dior Suit and Hat, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1955
Dovima in Christian Dior Suit and Hat, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1955
Jean Patchett in Christian Dior Fur Collar, photographed by Irving Penn, 1950
Jean Patchett in Christian Dior Fur Collar, photographed by Irving Penn, 1950
Christian Dior Fashion Show, photographed by Mark Kauffman, 1960
Christian Dior Fashion Show, photographed by Mark Kauffman, 1960
Renée Breton in Christian Dior Dress from the H Line, photographed by Mark Shaw, Fall/Winter 1955
Renée Breton in Christian Dior Dress from the H Line, photographed by Mark Shaw, Fall/Winter 1955
Christian Dior, Palmyre Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1952, Palais Galliera, Paris
Christian Dior, Palmyre Evening Dress, Fall/Winter 1952, Palais Galliera, Paris
Christian Dior, Palmyre Evening Dress (detail), Fall/Winter 1952, Palais Galliera, Paris
Christian Dior, Palmyre Evening Dress (detail), Fall/Winter 1952, Palais Galliera, Paris
Christian Dior and staff at rehearsal of new collection showing, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Christian Dior and staff at rehearsal of new collection showing, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Dorothy Emms and Christian Dior, 1952
Dorothy Emms and Christian Dior, 1952
Victoire in Christian Dior Porto Rico Dress, photographed by Mark Shaw, 1954
Victoire in Christian Dior Porto Rico Dress, photographed by Mark Shaw, 1954
Christian Dior, Coat, 1953, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Christian Dior, Coat, 1953, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Wenda Parkinson in Christian Dior Dress, photographed by Clifford Coffin, 1948
Wenda Parkinson in Christian Dior Dress, photographed by Clifford Coffin, 1948
Christian Dior, Dress, 1951
Christian Dior, Dress, 1951
Christian Dior, Dress from the Vivante Line, photographed by Mark Shaw, Fall/Winter 1953
Christian Dior, Dress from the Vivante Line, photographed by Mark Shaw, Fall/Winter 1953
Christian Dior, Eventail Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1948
Christian Dior, Eventail Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1948
Christian Dior, Eventail Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1948
Christian Dior, Eventail Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1948
Renée Breton in Christian Dior Bar Suit, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1947
Renée Breton in Christian Dior Bar Suit, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1947
Christian Dior, A Ensemble, Spring/Summer 1955, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Christian Dior, A Ensemble, Spring/Summer 1955, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Christian Dior in his Paris atelier, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Christian Dior in his Paris atelier, photographed by Loomis Dean, 1957
Christian Dior, Day Dress, photographed by Clifford Coffin , 1948
Christian Dior, Day Dress, photographed by Clifford Coffin , 1948
The
The "Catherinettes" of the Maison Christian Dior atelier reads in the newspaper announcing the sudden death of the designer, photographed by Jose Burreta, 1957
Christian Dior, Sinueuse Ensemble, 1952, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Sinueuse Ensemble, 1952, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Sinueuse Ensemble (detail), 1952, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Sinueuse Ensemble (detail), 1952, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Christian Dior, Ensemble, 1947
Christian Dior, Ensemble, 1947
Christian Dior, Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1958

Christian Dior, Dress, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1958

Suzy Parker in Christian Dior Evening Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1956
Suzy Parker in Christian Dior Evening Dress, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1956
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