Christian Dior, New Look
Day and afternoon dresses
Coat dress in houndstooth pattern
Coat dress in houndstooth pattern

The dress combines elements of different clothing genres: Coat with dress, robust fabric with a feminine cut. The vertical alignment is created by the deep lapel collar as well as the button placket and piping in the skirt part.

Christian Dior,

„Ligne vertical”, Model “Allegro”

Paris, spring/summer 1950

Coat dress in houndstooth pattern
Ultramarine blue long coat
Ultramarine blue coat

Dior placed particular focus on the colour blue and collar shapes when designing this line. A turned-up, asymmetrical buttoned collar was designed to go with this swinging, bright blue coat with turn-up sleeves.

Christian Dior, „Ligne Profilée,

Taille Douce”, Model “Ulysse”

Paris, fall/winter 1952

After working for Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong, Christian Dior (1905-57) founded his company in 1946. Carmel Snow, editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, commented on the new silhouette of his first line: "It's quite a revolution, dear Christian Dior. Your dresses have such a new look!"   Although he received a lot of criticism for his enormous use of fabric, Dior developed each season a new silhouette - sometimes body-hugging and elegant, sometimes youthful and flared. In total, he designed 22 collections and 24 lines in ten years.

Two-piece afternoon dress black
Two-piece afternoon dress

The "Mylord" dress, part of Dior's fourth collection, the winged line, is characterised by a focus on the body-hugging cut. The special highlight is two asymmetric, shiny button bands.

Christian Dior,

“Ligne Ailée”, Model “Mylord”

Paris, fall/winter 1948

Black Daydress in corduroy with red bow
Black Daydress in corduroy

The slim day dress made of corduroy with eye-catching pockets buttoned all the way down the front. It gets its special charm from the wine-red bow and the underskirt of the same colour, which only peeks out at the slit.

Christian Dior, “Ligne Tulipe”,

Paris, fall/winter 1952

Grey Suit in A-Line
Grey Suit in A-Line

The extra-long, flared costume jacket in combination with the wide-swinging, low-set pleated skirt emphasises the elongated A-shaped silhouette. The flap pockets at hip height mark the "A-line".

Christian Dior, “Ligne A”,

Paris, spring/summer 1955

Evening dresses

Redingote-style coat dresses can be found in various Christian Dior collections. The coats combine formal elements of the different types of clothing, such as coats and dresses, and look both masculine and feminine at the same time.

 

For the cold season, however, Dior also designed coats that were wide-swinging and youthful and made of warm, fluffy wool, as the blue coat model proves.

Christian Dior's evening dresses still bear witness to a timeless grace. The dresses shown here reflect the range of his designs: short, summery, elegant, embroidered or printed.

The enormous amount of fabric used for these dresses was criticised shortly after the war, which was full of privation.

The brown "Mexique" evening dress with a tulle skirt made of modified cellulose fibre shows that Dior also used more than just the finest materials.

Black Daydress in corduroy from the back
Coats
Long evening dress with pearl embroidery
Long evening dress with pearl embroidery

The evening gown embroidered all over with pearls and sequins was a perennial favourite in the fashion magazines of its time shortly after its creation. It gives its wearer an expression of elegance and grace.

Christian Dior, “Ligne Longue“,

Model „Mexique“

Paris, fall/winter 1951

Long evening dress with chiné pattern
Long evening dress with chiné pattern

The silk taffeta used for this dress from the Tulip line comes from the Lyon silk manufacturer Bianchini Férier. The delicate, porcelain-like pattern of the blue flower bouquets is particularly well accentuated by the cut.

Christian Dior, „Ligne Tulipe“,

Model „Alicia“

Paris, spring/summer 1953

Short summer evening dress
Short summer evening dress

This splendid A-line evening gown combines a strapless bustier with an over wide skirt, supported by three petticoats. The dress, based on the "Almée" model, was specially made and cut for the client.

Christian Dior, “Ligne A“,

Model „Almée“

Paris, spring/summer 1955