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CHRISTIAN DIOR (FRANCE, 1905–57)

Christian Dior was born in Granville, on the Normandy coast, in 1905. His prosperous haute bourgeois parents wanted him to become a diplomat despite his interest in art and architecture. However, they agreed to bankroll an art gallery, which Dior opened in 1928 in Paris with a friend.


This was the start of Dior’s rise in the city’s creative milieu, where he befriended Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. After seven years as an art dealer, Dior retrained as a fashion illustrator, eventually landing a job as a fashion designer for Robert Piguet, and in 1941, following a year of military service, he joined the house of Lucien Lelong. Just five years later, with the backing of industrialist Marcel Boussac, the ascendant Dior established his own fashion house, at 30 avenue Montaigne in Paris. There, the visionary couturier would alter the landscape of 20th century fashion.


Just two years after the end of World War II, the fashion crowd and the moribund haute couture industry were yearning, comme tout Paris, for security and prosperity, desperate to discard the drab, sexless, utilitarian garb imposed by wartime deprivation. They needed to dream anew.


And Dior delivered: He designed a collection for a bright, optimistic future. “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian!” exclaimed Carmel Snow, the prescient American editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, famously proclaiming, “Your dresses have such a new look.” The press ran with the description, christening Dior’s debut Spring/Summer haute couture collection the New Look. “God help those who bought before they saw Dior,” said Snow. “This changes everything.”


Dior’s collection definitively declared that opulence, luxury and femininity were in. His skirts could have 40-meter-circumference hems, and outfits could weigh up to 60 pounds. They were cut and shaped like architecture, on strong foundations that molded women and “freed them from nature,” Dior said. Rather than rationing, his ladies wanted reams of fabric and 19-inch waists enforced by wire corsets, and the fashion world concurred. The debut got a standing ovation.


In the subsequent decade, Paris ruled as the undisputed fashion capital of the world, and Christian Dior reigned as its king. With the luxuriously full skirts of his New Look, suits and his drop-dead gorgeous evening dresses and ball gowns worthy of any princess — an expansive collection of which can be found at 1stDibs — Dior gave women the gift of glamour they’d lost in the miserable years of war.

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Christian Dior Signature Monogram Midnight Blue with Red Silk Scarf
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
Christian Dior's signature monogram silk scarf in Midnight blue and red accented with hand-rolled edges and measures 19 inches by 19 inches. Made in Italy.
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1980s Scarves

Christian Dior Signature Gilded Gold Hardware / Candy-Red Prescription Sunglass
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
Christian Dior Wonderfully elegant signature gilded gold hardware and candy-apple-red thick lucite features "swirls" of gold hardware throughout. The front measures 5 1/4 inche...
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1980s Sunglasses

Christian Dior Signature Brown Canvas Clutch with Coco Brown Calfskin Logo
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
Christian Dior signature classic brown canvas accented with coco brown calfskin edges logo clutch measures 10 inches in length. The height measures 7 1/2 inches, flap on front...
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1980s Clutches

1980s Christian Dior Signature Apple Green Butterfly Sunglasses Model 2056
By Marc Bohan, Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Iconic 1980s Dior butterfly sunglasses! These glamorous, feminine sunglasses showcase Dior's famous butterfly design. The apple green and gold-tone frames gently wrap around the over...
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1980s Sunglasses

Christian Dior Multi-Signature Logo Silk Scarf
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
Christian Dior wonderfully detailed multi-signature logo silk scarf measures 29" x 30" as well as detailed hand-rolled edges.
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1980s Scarves

Christian Dior Boutique Vintage Gold Toned Signature O Pendant Necklace
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR vintage gold toned signature O design pendant on black rope cording. Hook clasp closure. Embossed CHRISTIAN DIOR Boutique. Indicative measurements : length of the r...
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20th Century Pendant Necklaces

Christian Dior Vintage Gold Toned Signature Coin Charm Bracelet
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR vintage gold toned chain bracelet featuring signature coin charms. T-bar closure. Embossed CHR. DIOR ©. Germany Indicative measurements : length approx. 21 cm (8.27...
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20th Century Charm Bracelets

NEW Christian Dior Embellished One Shoulder Cheetah Signature Dress Gown
By Christian Dior
Located in Switzerland, CH
Amazing dress by Christian Dior Finest chiffon silk Cheetah print One shoulder Hand-embellished Simply slips on Closes on side with Dior signature buttons Dry Clean Only Made in Fran...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Dresses

Christian Dior Vintage Gold Toned Signature Coin Charm Necklace
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR vintage gold toned necklace featuring signature coin charms. Secure clasp. Embossed CHR. DIOR ©. Indicative measurements : length approx. 43 cm (16.93 inches) / cha...
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20th Century Chain Necklaces

Christian Dior Vintage Gold Toned Signature Monogram Bangle Bracelet
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR vintage gold toned bangle bracelet featuring signature monogram coins. Secure clasp closure. Marked CHR. DIOR ©. Indicative measurements : inner circumference appro...
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20th Century Bangles

CHRISTIAN DIOR c.1970’s Nude Semi Sheer Signature Print Mesh Lace Slip Dress
By Christian Dior, Marc Bohan
Located in Thiensville, WI
CHRISTIAN DIOR c.1970’s Nude Semi Sheer Signature Print Mesh Lace Panel Slip Dress Circa: 1970’s Label(s): Christian Dior Lingerie Designer: Marc Bohan Style: Slip Color(s): Shades o...
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1970s Slips

Christian Dior Signature Logo Red White & Navy Silk Scarf
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
Christian Dior signature logo red white & navy silk scarf measures 26" x 26" and finished with hand-rolled edges. Small stain on one corner. Made in Italy.
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1980s Scarves

Christian Dior Signature Red, White and Blue Monogram Silk Scarf
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
Christian Dior's signature red, white and blue monogram silk scarf measures 30" x 31" and finished with hand-rolled edges. Crafted in France.
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1980s Scarves

Christian Dior Vintage Signature Logo Diamante Necklace
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR vintage gold toned signature logo diamante necklace featuring articulated CD monogram links. Secure clasp. Embossed CHR. DIOR ©. Indicative measurements : len...
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20th Century Link Necklaces

Christian Dior Trotter Signature Satchel With Heart Charm
By Christian Dior
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Christian Dior Trotter Jacquard Satchel is a must for any connoisseur of fine handbags. Features signature Dior printed canvas, British tan leather trim and chocolate suede interwov...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Christian Dior 1972 Gold Toned Signature Clamper Bracelet
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR 1972 gold toned clamper bracelet featuring a large signature brushed monogram. Marked 1972 CHR. DIOR © Germany. Indicative measurements : max. length approx. 6.7 cm ...
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20th Century Clamper Bracelets

Christian Dior 100% Silk Red Navy and White Signature Scarf
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
Red silk scarf by Christian Dior with a navy blue border and white signature logo. It has hand rolled edges, and is made in Italy. Measuring 66cm x 66cm, or 26 inches x 26 inches. Th...
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1980s Scarves

CHRISTIAN DIOR c.1970's Brown Signature Monogram Canvas Leather Clutch Purse Bag
By Christian Dior, Marc Bohan
Located in Thiensville, WI
Vintage c.1970's Christian Dior brown signature monogram canvas clutch purse. Gold-tone hard frame top with kisslock closure. Gold-tone signature monogram initials at lower corner. S...
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1970s Clutches

Dior Black & Red Tulle Signature Midi Skirt - Size US 4
Located in London, GB
Dior Black & Red Tulle Signature Midi Skirt The red and black midi skirt is cut in tulle, a signature material of the House. - Fitted Waist - Pleated Skirt - Concealed side Zip c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Skirts