With a cinched waist and an outrageous skirt of 20 yards of cloth, the silhouette of Christian Dior’s legendary so-called ‘New Look’ collection of 1947 brought women out of the austerity of the war years and helped re-establish Paris as the world capital of fashion and luxury. Dior broke the bounds of a house of couture and established a brand with ready-to-wear and accessory collections making the modernity and femininity of his ‘New Look’ and subsequent collections achievable for women across the world. Causing further stirs in the French Chamber of Couture, Dior also pioneered licencing in the 1940s, where the production of his fashion and accessory designs were taken out of Paris to locations elsewhere. At the time of Dior’s unexpected passing in 1959, his name had already become synonymous with taste and luxury.
Then-21-year-old design assistant Yves Saint Laurent was appointed the new creative director, followed by Marc Bohan who introduced an updated silhouette for Dior, the Slim Look, a more modern and svelte version of the brand’s iconic slim-waisted, pronounced bust and hips shape. Renowned succeeding creative directors John Galliano and Raf Simons masterfully brought the house to the new century. In light of its 60th anniversary, both designers revisited the New Look in 2007 and 2012 respectively – Galliano’s following his own label’s high drama aesthetic with modern references to Japanese origami; and Simons’ updating the look in his signature paired-back and practical, yet still opulent manner. Today, the first-ever female creative lead Maria Grazia Chiuri has taken over the steering wheel. Her feminist-labelled debut collection for SS17 targeted a new, younger woman with highly relatable and practical pieces tapping into streetwear. Throughout its lifespan, the house of Dior has skilfully adapted to the times, catering for the lifestyles and aspirations of modern women across the world.
Open for Vintage’s ever-changing collection spans decades of pre-loved and vintage Dior pieces, including bags, shoes and dresses – all hand-picked by our in-house team of vintage fashion enthusiasts.
OfV says: Infuse your wardrobe with a piece of fashion history defined by female charm and intelligence. In our decade-spanning edit of vintage Dior, iconic must-have bags sit next to statement jewellery; and rare retro sunglasses accompany hyper-feminine, yet still practical daytime and evening dresses. Browse the Dior vintage edit below.