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.
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.
“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).
“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).
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).
Jean Patchett modeling Dior, 1951.
Cygne Noir Dress 1949-50 from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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 with models, c.1950.
UK Vogue 1953 Magazine Advertisement Dior Evening Gown Sold at Harrods London.
Dresses for Sale:
Couture Dior 1950s Silk Taffeta and Lace Ballgown. Price available upon request.
1950s Christian Dior Dress / 50s Navy Blue Lace New look Dress. Listed for $1800 cdn on 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.
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).
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!