Have you ever noticed how some designers become overnight success stories then seem to fade out of the spotlight? Kinda like those one hit wonders from the 80s.
One name in fashion has stood the test of time. No matter the original creative genious of Christian Dior or the latest couturiers. The designs of the house of Dior remain rooted in the Dior tradition.
During the war years resources were scarce. There were limitations on food items and gas, as well as fabrics and trims for clothing. Even silk stickings were rationed. Women “made due” by refashioning their clothing and drawing lines up the back of their calves in place of stockings.
All this changed one Victory was declared. Dior saw this as a way to reward women who had been working men’s jobs in factories while their sweethearts and husbands fought the war. Excessive yards of fabric were used and The New Look was born. Gone were the days of rationing. This new look would highlight a woman’s assets. Busts and waistlines were accentuated.
The original Dior was something of a mystery. A brilliant designer who was surprisingly shy. Perhaps so, but he sure knew how to dress a lady.
How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?
Women were well dressed and elegance reigned in each of Dior’s classic beauties.
So much love went into each of this pieces like this sleek dress (above) from the 40’s with an unexpected, draped waistline. This silhouette just proves that a “lady” can still be sexy.
A Look Into the Future
No one can deny the wow factor that John Galliano brought to Dior. It’s as if he channeled the great designer himself to bring Dior’s glamorous style to the modern woman.
When John Galliano resided as head designer in the House of Dior, he brought many unexpected surprises.
But one thing remained, a desire to create beautiful clothes women would adore.
This gown is superb! I can almost imagine how dreamy it would feel on. It is one of my favorites. I love the cowl neckline on a dress.
The First Queen
The first female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, now reigns in the House. Stepping right up to the challenge, she has proved that a woman can do Dior.
A design from a collection made especially for the Japanese.
Dior will ways be embellished in embroidery, petals, and all things delicate. It is just the way of couture.
Elegance will never go out of style and neither will Dior.
So tell me, do you love Dior? Or perhaps you favor another designer… Let’s hear your voice by leaving me a comment below.