Opening this weekend in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is the ‘Christian Dior Exhibition‘ and this Vintage Gal is biting at the bit to see it. I know it’s going to be an incredible exhibit with some of the most stunning dresses in the world.

Christian Dior Exhibit at ROM Toronto

Vintage Dior is dreamy and of course historical because Christian Dior was the one who broke the wartime rigid mold of women’s fashion (mostly due to the rationing of fabric) and created the “New Look” in 1947. This look was filled with tight-fitting jackets with padded hips, petite waists, A-line skirts, and lots of use of fabric (as seen below). Quite a change from the previous decades of fashion and this look (plus extensions of this style) would go on to dominate the fashion world for several years.

dior New Look

“It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian! Your dresses have such a new look!” Carmel Snow, the former editor-in-chief of the American edition of “Harper’s Bazaar,” said these words after Dior’s debut fashion show in Paris, on February 12, 1947 (Source).

For today’s post I want to take a walk down memory lane of some of the most beautiful vintage dresses the house of Dior created between 1947-57. I have also included a video of a fashion show, vintage ads/covers and even dresses you can buy today (if you have the money).

Dior New Look vintage modeling image

“Cherie” (Spring/Summer 1947) exemplifies the “New Look” in all its salient elements: sloped shoulder, raised bustline, narrowed waist, and a monumental volume of skirt falling away from a padded hip line to below the calf (Source).

Dior New Look 1947 1948 vintage dress
Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the biggest fans of the Dior New Look was Princess Margaret, seen below in a stunning dress (lots of fabric used in this dress).

Princess Margaret in Dior 1950s
Source: Frock Advisor

1949-1950.

Christian Dior 1949 1950 dress
Source: The Lady and Him

Jean Patchett modeling Dior, 1951.

Jean Patchett modeling Dior, 1951
Source: Pinterest

Cygne Noir Dress 1949-50 from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Christian Dior 1949 Dress From Victoria and Albert Musuem
Source: The Red List

Christian Dior with model Dorothy Emms, 1952.

Christian Dior with model Dorothy Emms, 1952
Source: Another Mag

This image of a model wearing a gray Dior suit outside the Louvre Metro station was photographed by Mark Shaw in Paris in 1957 for LIFE magazine.

Christian dior 1957 vintage image
Source: The Red List

Christian Dior with models, c.1950.

Christian Dior with models, c.1950
Source: Another Mag

UK Vogue 1953 Magazine Advertisement Dior Evening Gown Sold at Harrods London.

UK Vogue 1953 Magazine Advertisement CHRISTIAN DIOR Evening Gown Sold at Harrods London
Source: Pinterest

Dior 1952.

Christian Dior 1952 vintage ad
Source: Pinterest

Dresses for Sale:

Couture Dior 1950s Silk Taffeta and Lace Ballgown. Price available upon request.

Couture Dior 1950s Silk Taffeta and Lace Ballgown
Source: 1stdibs

1950s Christian Dior Dress / 50s Navy Blue Lace New look Dress. Listed for $1800 cdn on etsy.

1950s Christian Dior Dress 50s Navy Blue Lace New look Dress
Source: Etsy

This is an incredible numbered Christian Dior from the 1950s. At the time of this post, it was also for sale on 1stdibs for $2,000 cdn.

1950s New Look Christian Dior Gold Silk Bow Dress
Source: 1stdibs

Christian Dior 1956 haute couture numbered off white silk Femme Fleur look ball gown Wedding Made in France. Listed for $45,000 cdn. Here is the dress and the image from a promotional ad (I love when you find the matching original image).

Christian Dior 1956 haute couture numbered off white silk Femme Fleur look ball gown Wedding Made in France
Source: Etsy
1956 Christian Dior
Source: Etsy

Dior on video:

I hope you enjoyed the beauty that is early Dior and if you are in Toronto or visiting Toronto between now and March 2018 make sure you check out the exhibit.

Question Time: Do you have a favorite outfit featured above? If so share in the comments below!

Liz 🙂

8 comments on “The Fashions of Christian Dior 1947-1957”

  1. Oh to be rich and be able to afford those gorgeous Dior dresses!!

    I absolutely LOVE this post! I wish I could make it to the exhibit in Toronto! I’ll have to see if I know anyone with a vehicle who would be willing to go on a roadtrip with me…:)

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