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Christian Dior

French, 1905-1957

When Christian Dior launched his couture house, in 1946, he wanted nothing less than to make “an elegant woman more beautiful and a beautiful woman more elegant.” He succeeded, and in doing so the visionary designer altered the landscape of 20th century fashion.

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.

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, Dior gave women the gift of glamour they’d lost in the miserable years of war.

On 1stDibs, find an exquisite range of vintage Christian Dior clothing, jewelry, handbags and other items.

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Christian Dior vintage 1990s liquid gold silk lame draped bustier & skirt set
By Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Antwerp, BE
Spectacular Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferre vintage museum-worthy collector's item. Draped bustier top with attached bow and an envelope draped skirt. Made in a mix of 74% silk an...
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1990s Christian Dior

Rare Christian Dior 2002 Iconic Runway Caftan Dress As Seen on Alicia Keys
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Los Angeles, CA
John Galliano’s awesome earlier piece for the House of Dior s/s 2002. The dress and sheer caftan was designed to be worn together or separately. Galliano’s collection is edgy, en...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior by John Galliano Buckle Leg Pants
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in Water Mill, NY
Fabulous black wool pants by John Galliano for Christian Dior. They have a button front waistband and zipper closing, grommet trimmed front pockets and iconic Dior inscribed silver ...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Haute Couture Cape Number 15592
By Christian Dior
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1975 France Cape of Princess Lilian of Belgium. Model having been exhibited at the Christian Dior Museum in Granville. Cape of big night way cochet, gray. Hollow-folded and ...
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1970s Christian Dior

Christian Dior By John Galliano Ruffle Evening Dress, Circa 2005
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in Geneva, CH
Julia's Dressing Vintage is pleased to offer this stunning vintage John Galliano for Christian Dior ruffled bia cut evening gown featuring a multicolor floral print, V-neckline and r...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

John Galliano for Christian Dior S/S 2009 Silk Halter Dress
By John Galiiano, Christian Dior
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous rich purple silk halter dress by John Galliano for Christian Dior. It is fitted through the bodice with a stunning intricately detailed ruffle trimmed plunge halter neckl...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

Christian Dior 1965 Multistrand Black Bead and Crystal Dome Collar Necklace
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR multistrand black caviar-like bead collar necklace featuring a domed jewelled dark gray crystal clasp. Embossed CHR. DIOR 1965 GERMANY. Indicative measurements : tot...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Dior Tricolor Cannage Leather Wedge Platform Open Toe Sandals Size 40
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Look your casual best as you step out in these leather sandals. These trendy sandals carry the signature Cannage pattern on the straps at the vamps as well as on the wedge heels. Thi...
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2010s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Vintage Art Deco Inspired Silver Toned Jewelled CD Cufflinks
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR vintage silver toned Art Deco inspired design cuff links featuring a CD monogram embellished with clear crystals on a textured background. Embossed DIOR. GERMANY. In...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior Vintage 27911 131401 Manual Winding Watch
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage Christian Dior stainless steel wrist watch. Model 27911 131401. Stainless steel case. Manual Winding. Gray dial with gold stripe accent. Black leather strap. CD buckle. Max c...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Dior Metallic Silver Micro Cannage Leather Diorama Wallet
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Match your Dior bags with the elegant Diorama wallet. Crafted in leather, this Diorama wallet features the signature Micro Cannage pattern along with silver-tone hardware. The signat...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Multicolor Patent Leather Conquest Buckle Detail Ankle Wrap Sandals Size 36
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
These sandals from Dior are absolutely stunning. Crafted from glossy patent leather, they flaunt multicolored hues and exude effortless style. They are styled with pointed toes, buck...
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2010s Christian Dior

Vintage Christian Dior Black Leather Clutch Purse
By Christian Dior
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The clutch features silver tone hardware, zipper closure and ruffled design detail.
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior

Vintage Christian Dior Square Sunglasses
By Christian Dior
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The sunglasses feature brown frames with gold tone hardware and star motif.
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Late 20th Century Christian Dior

CHRISTIAN DIOR navy blue wool TAILORED BIKER Jacket 42 L
By Christian Dior
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Christian Dior tailored biker jacket in navy blue wool (100%). Comes with a notch collar, zipped cuffs and three silver zip pockets on the front. Opens with a diagonal...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Vintage Galliano Beige Plastic Oblique CD Sandal Pump (37.5 EU)
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Dior pumps by John Galliano feature hard plastic in beige uppers, an oblique sandal strap with red flower, rubber soles and CD charms at the front. COLOR: Beige MATERIAL: Plastic SI...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Beige Leather Fox Trimmed Jacket
By Christian Dior
Located in Kiev, UA
Christian Dior Beige Leather Fox Trimmed Jacket Gorgeos item. Very good condition. Sz.36 For buyers from EU we can provide shipping from Poland. Please demand if you need.
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2010s Christian Dior

1980s Christian Dior Black Lizard Two Way Clutch Shoulder Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Bangkok, TH
Vintage Christian Dior Two Way Clutch Shoulder Bag in black lizard skin featuring gold toned CD handles. Comes with detachable strap to carry it as a shoulder bag. Made in France. Me...
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1980s Christian Dior

Dior Vintage Trotter Shoulder Bag Navy
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage Dior bag is made with canvas with Dior’s oblique monogram print and features a large woven fabric shoulder strap, top zip closure and a navy interior. COLOR: Navy MATER...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

1980s Christian Dior Black Trotter Jacquard Mini Chain Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Bangkok, TH
Vintage Christian Dior mini chain bag in black trotter jacquard. It can be worn double-chained as a shoulder bag or single-chained as a crossbody. Snap fastening, Made in France. Mea...
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1980s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Cruise Collection D-Light Canvas Chain Tote
By Christian Dior
Located in Kiev, UA
Black and Grey Denim / Gold-Tone Hardware Dual Chain-Link and Leather Shoulder Strap / Dual Top Handle Sequin and Canvas Patchwork One Compartment / One Zipper / Two Slit Pocket Mag...
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2010s Christian Dior

Vintage Christian Dior Grey Beige Coated Canvas Mini Boston Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Bangkok, TH
Vintage Christian Dior mini boston bag in grey/beige trotter coated canvas featuring zip closure. Made in France. Measures 6 x 4 x 3 inches Handle Drop 2 inches (fits plus-sized iPho...
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1990s Christian Dior

Fendi Orange Swirl Beaded Baguette Lizard Shoulder Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This bag features silver-tone tone hardware, single flat shoulder strap, orange lizard trim, marigold and multicolor embroidered exterior with beads, lime satin lining, single interi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Vintage Belt Saddle Bag Bum Bag Waist Fanny Pack
By Christian Dior
Located in Miami, FL
Rare and Vintage Christian Dior Canvas and Brown Leather Saddle Fanny Pack Beige Canvas saddle bag lined with brown leather piping Brown leather strap Adjustable waist strap Dimen...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

Rare S/S 2000 Vintage John Galliano for Christian Dior Denim Dress
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Montgomery, TX
Rare S/S 2000 Vintage John Galliano for Christian Dior Denim Dress FR Size 38 - US 6 Excellent condition
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Black and Blue D'Orsay Pumps W Original Box & Shoe Bags
By Christian Dior
Located in Portland, OR
These are 2015 Christian Dior black leather pointed toe D'Orsay pumps with pretty blue piping. The blue on these great shoes makes these easy to wear with black or blue! These were o...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Oblique Mitzah Navy Blue Silk Twill Scarf
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
The Dior Oblique Mitzah scarf highlights the House's iconic motif dating back to 1967. Made in navy blue silk twill, it is distinguished by an elongated shape with pointed ends and i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

DIOR Mini Diorever Brown Grained Calfskin Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Kiev, UA
Features: - Peach grained calfskin with gold hardware - Reversible flaps for two different looks - Top handles - Detachable adjustable shoulder / crossbody strap Condition: very go...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior CD Navy Bracelet Gold Tone
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
The chain bracelet is part of the emblematic CD Navy line. The style is composed of gold-finish metal links with a central 'CD' signature. Both modern and essential, the style can be...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Dior Icon Cuban Link Necklace Sliver Tone
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Dior Icon cuban link necklace features a classic chain link design with an emblematic CD at one end and a small dangling Dior pendant at the other. COLOR: Silver MATERIAL: Metal MEA...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Dior Crystal Heart CD Rhinestone Gold Tone Clip On Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
These Christian Dior crystal heart clip on earrings feature a heart shaped motif with crystals and the CD logo in the middle. COLOR: Gold and silver MATERIAL: Metal, crystal MEASURE...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Dior Oblique Mitzah Navy Blue Oblique Silk Twill Scarf
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
The Dior Oblique Mitzah scarf highlights the House's iconic motif dating back to 1967. Made in navy blue silk twill, it is distinguished by an elongated shape with pointed ends and i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Dior Playing Card Hoop Silver Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Vintage silver tone earrings featuring dangling poker cards with logo and heart detailing from Christian Dior by John Galliano. Dior written logo on one earring. Good condition with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Dior Sport 2 Woman Black Shield Sunglasses With Retractable Arms
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
The sunglasses are super stylized and are so sophisticated they appear simple. They have a rimless single piece curved lens of solid gray tint inspired by the classic aviator style b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Christian Dior

Dior Black Leather Mini Saddle Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
An example of timeless style and great design ideas, Dior's Saddle bag is sought after for all the right reasons. This mini Saddle bag for women is crafted using black leather in the...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Tan Leather Large Diorissimo Shopper Tote
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Diorissimo shopper tote from Dior is a piece that has never gone out of style. The leather bag comes in a pleasing tan shade with gold-tone hardware and Dior letter charms. It fe...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Brown Leather Low Top Sneakers Size 40
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Built to last and add style to any outfit, these leather sneakers are ideal for everyday use. The sneakers by Dior feature brand elements, lace-ups, and sturdy rubber soles that lend...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Red Cannage Patent Leather Mini Chain Lady Dior Tote
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Lady Dior tote is a Dior creation that has gained recognition worldwide and is today a coveted bag that every fashionista craves to possess. This mini-sized red tote has been cra...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Black Cannage Patent Leather Lady Dior Gusset Card Case
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Lady Dior gusset card case is a Dior creation that is functional, durable, and high on style! This case has been crafted from patent leather and it carries the signature Cannage ...
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2010s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Vintage Logo Textured Heart Clip-On Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR vintage heart-shaped clip-on earrings featuring a textured gold toned finish and a CHRISTIAN DIOR intertwined logo at the center. Embossed CHR. DIOR Germany. Indicat...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior by John Galliano pink silk maxi dress, ss 2006
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior salmon pink silk maxi dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Pleated bust ▪ Three velvet bow ties ▪ Velvet spaghetti straps ▪ Fabric buttons at the side seam ▪ FR 4...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

Christian Dior Vintage Jewelled Pearl Necklace
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR vintage two strands pearl necklace featuring a jewelled gold toned star-shaped center. Secure clasp closure. Extension chain. Embossed CHR. DIOR © Germany. Indicati...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Christian Dior Vintage Jewelled Pearl Dangling Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR vintage dangling earrings (clip-on) featuring a pearl drop topped by a gold toned star embellished with clear crystals. Embossed CHR. DIOR © Germany. Indicative meas...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Dior Brown Havana DiorClub2 086HO Square Sunglasses
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This pair of Dior sunglasses is an ideal pick for a day out in the sun. Featuring a Havana acetate frame, the glasses come with a detachable visor, which reads "J'ADIOR". Quite a uni...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Beige/Grey Mesh And Patent Leather Low Top Sneakers Size 34
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Built to last and add style to any outfit, these mesh, suede, and patent leather sneakers are ideal for everyday use. The sneakers by Dior feature lace-ups, velcro straps, and sturdy...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Pink Crystal Heart Flower Motif Rose Quartz Beads Multistrand Necklace
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Complete a classy look with this Dior necklace. Giving the classic pearl necklace a twist, this beauty features crystal-embellished floral details along with heart-shaped charms exud...
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2010s Contemporary Christian Dior

Christian Dior Boutique Vintage Silver Toned Wire Cuff Bracelet
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR Boutique vintage silver toned wire cuff bracelet. Marked CHRISTIAN DIOR Boutique. Indicative measurements : inner circumference approx. 16.96 cm (6.68 inches) / widt...
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20th Century Christian Dior

Vintage CHRISTIAN DIOR Lapis Lazuli Gilt Dangling Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage CHRISTIAN DIOR Lapis Lazuli Gilt Dangling Earrings Measurements: Height: 1.77 inches (4.5 cm) Width: 0.70 inch (1.8 cm) Weight per Earring: 17 grams Features: - 100% Authen...
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1980s Vintage Christian Dior

Christian Dior Abstract Stripe Coat Dress Runway Fall, 2015
By Christian Dior
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Departing from the wasp-waisted, heavily constructed silhouette that the House of Dior is iconic for, designer Raf Simmons brings a softer definition to tailoring to the table with t...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Cannage Faux Pearl Crystal Rose Gold Tone Station Necklace
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Dior brings this beautiful necklace to adorn you with sheer elegance. Made out of rose gold-tone hardware, the necklace features a long chainlink holding faux pearls & an ornate ball...
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2010s Contemporary Christian Dior

Dior Lucky Locket Gold Tone Cuff Bracelet
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The star symbol has been associated with Dior since the day Christian Dior decided to launch the eponymous label. As he found a star motif on the ground when he had the thought of es...
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2010s Contemporary Christian Dior

Dior Tri Color Leather Medium Diorissimo Shopper Tote
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Diorissimo shopper tote from Dior is a piece that has never gone out of style. The leather bag comes in pleasing multicolors with silver-tone hardware and Dior letter charms. It ...
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2010s Christian Dior

Pink and black cocktail dress ensemble C.D de Christian Dior
By Christian Dior
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Pink and black dress ensemble
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1980s Christian Dior

Dior Beige Cannage Patent Leather Miss Dior Promenade Chain Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Creations like this Miss Dior will never go out of style. Crafted from patent leather, this Dior flap bag features a beige Cannage exterior and a chain strap. The front flap has a Di...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Beige Cannage Quilted Patent Leather Large Shopper Tote
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This shopper tote from Dior is a timeless piece. The bag is crafted from luxurious beige quilted patent leather and has the Cannage pattern. It features double top handles, protectiv...
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2010s Christian Dior

Dior Black Cannage Leather Medium Lady Dior Tote
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Lady Dior tote is a Dior creation that has gained recognition worldwide and is today a coveted bag that every fashionista craves to possess. This black tote has been crafted from...
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2010s Christian Dior

Vintage 2001 Christian Dior by John Galliano Gold Lace & Pink Silk Bias-Cut Gown
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Breathtaking Christian Dior metallic gold lace and mauve pink silk chiffon bias-cut gown. Dior is probably the best known name in high fashion since the late 1940's. This stunning Ch...
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Early 2000s Christian Dior

Long bustier cocktail dress Christian Dior
By Christian Dior
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Long bustier cocktail dress in silk ( 64%) and wool (36%)
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Early 2000s Christian Dior