The most influential fashion designer of the late 1940s and 50s, Christian Dior (1905 to 1957) dominated the fashion world after the Second World War by establishing DIOR as a global brand and changing the face of fashion forever.
Dior’s designs in both women’s wear and bridal were a breath of fresh air after the boxy shapes of recent WWII styles which were heavily influenced by the rations on fabric at the time. His designs were voluptuous, celebrating the female hourglass silhouette with waspy corsets and billowing skirts that flared out from the waist. After his first show in 1947 Carmel Snow the editor of Harper’s Bazaar coined his style as the ‘New Look’ after exclaiming ‘It’s such a New Look’!
Unfortunately Christian Dior’s career was short lived when he died of a heart attack in 1957 while on holiday in Italy. The first collection after his death was designed in only 9 weeks by the 21 year old Yves Saint Laurent. Remaining loyal to Christian’s proportions but using lighter and easier to wear fabrics the collection was a sensation and Yves Saint Laurent was hailed a national hero.
Dior today is still one of the world’s leading luxury brands with retail outlets across the world. His legacy continues and the name still conjures up visions of luxury, feminine shapes and exquisite fabrics.
Let’s take a look at some of Dior’s finest wedding dresses through the decades….
Article thanks to Paperswan bride.