Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dior Decade: 1950's


Fashion treasures are unearthed every day. They, in their one-of-a-kind glory become available to us from time to time. My friend at 4 Birds Vintage has unearthed such a treasure. A white beaded Christian Dior Couture dress from his spring 1955 collection.

It is available at auction HERE
DIOR 1954

HOUSE HISTORY: The designer Christian Dior, who's name remains synonymous with luxury, was born in 1905 in France. He began his career in fashion by making money at selling fashion sketches in 1935 and while recovering from an illness the Balearic Islands, learns the arts of embroidery and tapestry-weaving .
A few years alter he was hired to work as a design assistant for Robert Piguet. In 1947 he became famous in fashions post-war time when he re-defined what women were wearing and bringing into fashion the ultra feminine "New Look".

According to VOGUE“We were emerging from the period of war, of uniforms, of women-soldiers built like boxers,” Dior would later write. “I drew women-flowers, soft shoulders, fine waists like liana and wide skirts like corolla.”An avid gardener, Dior knew plants well: He named the pieces in the New Look collection after that delicate whorl of petals at a flower’s center. After years of privations, of forsaking stockings and hoarding food and clothing coupons, war-wilted women were ready to blossom again. The introduction of the New Look drew their slow-germinating yearnings to the surface.
Photograph by Serge Balkin. Published in Vogue, April 1, 1947.

Christian Dior passed away in 1957 in Italy. The house of DIOR however is still producing luxurious, high end garments today under the creative guidance of designer Raf Simons. The house has had several amazing designers at the helm over the years like Yves St. Laurent, Pierre Cardin, and John Galliano to name a few.

Did you know? At age 14  Christian Dior had is palm read and was told he would make his fortune through women and travel widely. Source

It is interesting to note that Dior was an avid gardener. The motif of this fabulous gown is all about florals!

 This garment has been professionally appraised to be worth approximately $8,000 USD

I can't wait to see what lucky lady will have the opportunity to own this piece of luxury fashion history!

What's your FAV decade of DIOR?

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