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Happy Birthday, Christian Dior!

Christian Dior by Marie-France Pochna

Christian Dior by Marie-France Pochna

Christian Dior, one of our favorite fashion designers, is quoted as saying “I have designed flower women” when he launched Corolle (the French word for the botanical term corolla or circlet of flower petals), his first collection in 1947.  This collection ushered in the New Look, the most famous single season in fashion history.  Gone were the conservative styles of the war period with Dior’s decadent use of corsets and swaths of material reminiscent of the “Belle Epoque”.

1950's Dress with Floral Embroidery

1950's Dress with Floral Embroidery

Born 105 years ago today, Dior was known for his feminine silhouettes, voluminous skirts and rich floral fabrics.  Though he died young, Dior’s legacy lives on in the brilliant designers who have succeeded him at the helm of his eponymous fashion house, including Yves St. Laurent, Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano.

Fall 2007 Couture Collection

Fall 2007 Couture Collection

Spring 2009 Couture Collection

Spring 2009 Couture Collection

Even Dior accessories and cosmetics have flower power…

Diorette Milly La Foret Jewelry Collection

Diorette Milly La Foret Jewelry Collection

Flower Blossom - Floral Illuminating Powder

Flower Blossom - Floral Illuminating Powder

Happy Birthday, Christian Dior, and thank you for such fabulous floral fashion!

Photos from Wikipedia, 1st Dibs, Style.com, About That Dress, and Polyvore

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3 Comments

  • Reply The Neo-Traditionalist January 22, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I have to say, my favorite of the dresses here is the original Dior circa 1950’s! What a man he was and what a legacy he left. Thanks for reminding us to celebrate his fantastically creative life!
    XX Kate

    • Reply carolyn January 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

      Mine, too! I think you can wear it 50 years later!

  • Reply Fashion Week Spring 2010 March 26, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Fashion Week…

    The present and past meld gorgeously into looks that are not only art objects, but are also impressively wearable, for the most part. You know, if you go to that types of events….

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