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Christian Dior

CHRISTIAN DIOR (FRANCE, 1905–57)

Christian Dior (1905–57) 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 on 1stDibs — Dior gave women the gift of glamour they’d lost in the miserable years of war.

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Christian Dior Tray Board Platter Lucite, Rattan and Wheat
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
This is a very special and unique serving tray, designed by Christian Dior in the 1970s for his Home Collection. This board or platter has a rounded shape with raised edges. Made of ...
Category

1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Christian Dior Paris Silver Plate Picture Frame
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
A charming Christian Dior Paris silverplate picture photo frame. Geometric shape with raised striped pattern all around. Back and easel in shiny lacquered wood. Marked on edge "Chris...
Category

1980s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior 1970s Lucite and Rattan Magazine Rack Holder
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning modernist magazine rack, holder, stand designed for Christian Dior Home Collection in the 1970s. Geometric shape with brass gallery, clear Lucite, and real rattan cane-work ...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Brass

60 Pc Christian Dior Gaudron White & Gold China Set Plates Bowls Tea Cups Rings
By Christian Dior
Located in Dayton, OH
The Gaudron-Onyx (Gold Trim) dinner wear pattern was released by the brand Christian Dior in 1991. After almost 8 years, they stopped the manufacturing of the pattern in 1999. The pa...
Category

1990s Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Porcelain

Christian Dior Barware Tray Lucite, Rattan and Chrome
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning 1970s modernist barware serving tray platter designed for Christian Dior Home Collection. Rectangular shape build with chromed metal framing. The insert is made with two lay...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Glass Barware Pitcher
By Dior Home, Christian Dior, Empoli
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant glass pitcher manufactured by Empoli, Italy for Christian Dior Home Collection. Mouth-blown with an exclusive tortoiseshell (tortoise) color flowing pattern. Polished pontil ...
Category

1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Blown Glass

Christian Dior Serving Tray
By Christian Dior
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This special and unique serving tray is designed by Christian Dior in the 1970s. Inside the plexiglass tray are real autumn leaves with nice colors. This magnificent tray is in very...
Category

1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Plexiglass

Gray and Black Dior Logo Silk Scarf and New Black Cotton Back Decorative Pillow
By Christian Dior
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern signed retro black and gray beehive pattern logo silk scarf with backing in black cotton percale and poly fill insert decorative pillow. The word "Dio...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Cotton, Silk, Polyester

Christian Dior Silver Plate Chopstick Knife Rests, 6 pieces in Box
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
An elegant set of six beautiful silver plate knife-rests or chopstick rests by Christian Dior for his Home Collection. Modernist stick shape with gadroons. Marked underside "Christia...
Category

1980s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Lucite Magazine Rack Holder
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful magazine rack, holder, stand designed for Christian Dior Home Collection in the 1970s. Geometric "U" shape with large rounded holes for the handles. Semi-transparent Lucite...
Category

1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Glass Tumbler Vase
By Dior Home, Christian Dior, Empoli
Located in Atlanta, GA
Extra tall modernist tumbler glass vase manufactured by Empoli, Italy for the Christian Dior Home Collection. Mouth-blown glass with exclusive tortoiseshell (tortoise) flowing colore...
Category

1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Blown Glass

Christian Dior Etched Crystal and Stainless Steel Ice Bucket Cooler
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Christian Dior, Paris modernist ice bucket or wine cooler. This sophisticated clear crystal ice bucket features an iconic fabric-like etched design with a tall high gloss sta...
Category

1990s French Mid-Century Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Crystal, Metal, Stainless Steel

Christian Dior Tray Board Platter Lucite and Wheat
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
This is a very special and unique serving tray, designed by Christian Dior in the 1970s for his Home Collection. This board or platter has a rounded shape and raised edges. With a na...
Category

1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Plexiglass, Acrylic, Lucite

Vintage Christian Dior Wine Cooler
By Christian Dior
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Wine cooler by Christian Dior Silver plated. Italy, circa 1970 Some plated looses on the back.
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate

Christian Dior Stainless Steel Gaudron Flatware with Gold Accent Service for 18
By Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine Christian Dior stainless steel flatware service. In the Gaudron pattern with gold accent. With 18 place settings each including a dinner knife, dinner fork, salad fork,...
Category

1990s Korean Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Stainless Steel

Christian Dior Silver Plate Cigar Ashtray Desk Tidy Catchall
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Christian Dior, Paris modernist large cigar ashtray or desk accessory. This silverplate sophisticated catchall features an iconic streamlined design with clean lines. Marked ...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior Barware Nickel Silver and Glass Tray
By Dior Home, Christian Dior
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sophisticated 1980s modernist barware serving tray platter designed for Christian Dior Home Collection. Large rectangular butler shape builds with nickel silver metal framing and thi...
Category

1980s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

Pair of Christian Dior Midcentury Mannequin Display Busts
By Christian Dior
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Christian Dior La Femme store display busts composed of speckled hard foam resin, circa 1980s. The Christian Dior logo is featured on the base. Made in France. Please note of...
Category

20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Resin

Umbrella Stand Lucite, Rattan and Brass by Christian Dior Home, France, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Rectangular umbrella stand in Lucite rattan and brass details by Christian Dior Home. A rare French piece from the 1970s.
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Brass

Christian Dior Logo Box
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and timeless box by Christian Dior, featuring a leather body and brass top with etched logos. Marked on inner lid. 1970s Measures: 6.5" x 4.5" x 1.75".
Category

1970s Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Brass

1980s Christian Dior Amphora Ceramic Vase Faux Burl Wood
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely 1980s Christian Dior Paris ceramic vase. Glossy ceramic with faux burl wood textured pattern and black detailing. Large "Dior" logo medallion on the front. Measurements: 9.4...
Category

Late 20th Century French Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Ceramic, Faience

Christian Dior Serving Dish
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
A fine Christian Dior serving dish. Featuring 4 removable dishes. Marked on underside. 1970s. Measures: 9" x 11" x 8".
Category

1970s Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Sterling Silver

Christian Dior Tortoise Lucite and Brass Magazine Rack Holder, France, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant magazine rack holder in tortoise effect Lucite and brass details designed for Christian Dior Home, 1970s.
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Brass

Christian Dior Paris Silver Plate Logo Picture Frame
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
An interesting Christian Dior Paris silverplate picture photo frame. Geometric plain shape with "Dior" logo engraving on the bottom side and engraved crossing line. Black back and ea...
Category

1990s French Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior Ice Effect Lucite and Wicker Rattan Box, France, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Rectangular box in Lucite, ice effect and wicker by Christian Dior France, 1970s.
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Wicker, Rattan, Lucite, Plexiglass

Christian Dior Silver Plate Ring Holder Display Bowl
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stylish silver plate coupe, centerpiece, ring holder, or serving bowl designed by Christian Dior for his Home Collection. This silverplate sophisticated round footed bowl features an...
Category

1980s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate, Metal

Barovier for Christian Dior Paris "Tartan" Murano Glass Bottle with Stopper
By Christian Dior, Ercole Barovier
Located in Brussels, BE
A "tartan" or called "scozzese" (Scottish) Bottle with stopper designed and manufactured circa 1969 by Barovier et Toso in Murano. Blown glass bottle made of fused polychrome glass ...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Art Glass

Christian Dior Paris Silver Plate Long Picture Frame
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
A charming Christian Dior Paris silverplate picture photo frame. Geometric elongated shape with "Dior" engraving on the bottom side. Black back and easel. Marked "Dior" on silver pla...
Category

1990s French Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior 1970s Silver Plate Box
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful modernist silver plate decorative box designed by Christian Dior for his home collection. Elegant Minimalist rounded shape with lid and refined carved ornamental gadrooning...
Category

1970s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior Silver Plate Jewelry Display Tray, Set of 2
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely set of two pieces, silver plate vide-poche, ring holder, or jewelry display tray designed by Christian Dior. A very nice stacked small trays with silverplate metal slightly ha...
Category

1980s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior Tortoise Glass Cocktail Martini Jug Pitcher
By Dior Home, Christian Dior, Empoli
Located in Atlanta, GA
Marvelous barware set created by Empoli, Italy for Christian Dior home collection. Tall Martini pitcher or cocktail blender glass jug with silver plate trim and exclusive tortoiseshe...
Category

1960s French Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Silver Plate

Christian Dior Silver Plated Wine Cooler
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
This ultra chic wine cooler by Christian Dior features a unique design in silver plate. Its interior houses the coolant sleeve where the wine bottle sits and features a removable lip...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Christian Dior

Materials

Silver

Christian Dior Silver Plated Ice Bucket
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
This ultra chic ice bucket by Christian Dior features a unique design in silver plate with "CD" logo on lid handle. It is stamped Christian Dior Paris on the bottom. Companion win...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Christian Dior

Materials

Silver

Christian Dior 1970s Lucite and Rope Barware Ice Bucket
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning barware ice bucket designed for Christian Dior home collection, in the 1970s. Rounded shape with tall handle, featuring real rope embedded in the crystal clear Lucite, with ...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Brass, Metal

"Ruby" Helmet for Christian Dior
By Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
Extremely rare Christian Dior / ruby Ruby helmet for Christian Dior. Helmet designed for the decoration of Dior boutiques and which has never been commercialized. Carbon, leather...
Category

2010s French Christian Dior

Materials

Steel

Christian Dior Glass Pitcher
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
A fabulous and elegant pitcher by Christian Dior, likely under the direction of Gabrielle Crespi.
Category

Mid-20th Century European Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate

1970s Potpourri Holder in Gilt Metal with Real Ostrich Egg by Christian Dior
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
A 1970s potpourri holder in gilt metal mounted with real ostrich egg centre by Christian Dior Home. Stamped on the side "Christian Dior".
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

French Signed Christian Dior Folding Gueridon End Table, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
Signed by designer Christian Dior, this compact folding side table has the sleek appeal of Mid-Century Modern design and a timeless look influenced by neoclassical style. The three b...
Category

1970s French Hollywood Regency Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Brass, Iron

French Christian Dior Faux Malachite Folding Tray Table, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
This folding tray table is a rare and unique piece from Christian Dior’s, 1970s line of furniture. For both the tray and the legs, wood is painted a smooth black. While the structure...
Category

1970s French Hollywood Regency Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Malachite

Barovier for Christian Dior Paris "Tartan" Murano Glass Bottle with Stopper
By Christian Dior, Ercole Barovier
Located in Brussels, BE
A "tartan" or called "scozzese" (Scottish) Bottle with stopper designed and manufactured around 1969 by Barovier et Toso in Murano. Blown glass bottle made of fused polychrome glass...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Art Glass

Mid-Century Modern Vintage Signed Christian Dior Clip-On Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-Century Modern Christian Dior clip-on earrings. Christian Dior pair of ear clips, gilt metal, floral motif. Each marked Christian Dior, Germany. Very good used condition Dimen...
Category

1970s German Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

1970s Christian Dior Lucite Decorative Box with Wicker Rattan Canework, France
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Stunning Mid-Century Modernist Lucite decorative box designed for Christian Dior Home Collection in 1970s. Large rectangular shape with real rattan canework embedded in the crystal c...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Wicker, Rattan, Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Lucite and Chrome Serving Tray, France, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Serving tray in tortoiseshell effect Lucite and chrome borders. France, Mid-Century Modern piece, circa 1970.
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Christian Dior Signed 1960s Snake Chain Gold-Tone Metal Graceful Swag Belt
By Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From Christian Dior, France, a 1960s Era belt made of five gold-tone snake chains bound at three intervals with soldered rectangular stations. The chains hang in a graceful swag. The...
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1660s French Mid-Century Modern Antique Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

Wine Cooler Cabbage Shape, Silver Plated, Stamped by Christian Dior, circa 1970
By Christian Dior
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Hammered silver plated wine cooler or champagne bucket, in cabbage shape, designed by the French fashion designer Christian Dior, circa 1970. The Christian Dior signature is visible...
Category

1970s French Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate

Stunning Vase Signed by "Bonega - Paris" and "Christian Dior"
By Christian Dior
Located in Beirut, LB
Beautiful decorative vase in black lacquered wood with two gazelle’s motif in red and gilt color in the style of Jean Dunand. (1877-1942) Made for commemorative anniversary of “La m...
Category

Late 20th Century French Art Deco Christian Dior

Materials

Wood

Vintage Christian Dior Round Gold-Tone and Rhinestone Earrings
By Christian Dior
Located in Topeka, KS
Classic pair of vintage gold-tone and rhinestone Christian Dior clip earrings in excellent condition. Wow! look at these sparkle. Gorgeous pair of vintage signed Christian Dior go...
Category

20th Century Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

Pair of Coffee Tables Signed Maison Christian Dior by Pierluigi Ghianda, 1990
By Christian Dior, Pierluigi Ghianda
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant and refined pair of tables made by Pierluigi Ghianda for the Maison Christian Dior. The pair is made of pear wood. Underneath each shelf is the authentic Dior brand. Each ta...
Category

1990s Italian Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Pearwood

Vintage Christian Dior Silver Plated Serving Tray, circa 1970
By Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
A fabulous and rare piece of vintage designer homeware by House of Christian Dior. Made from silver plate, the tray has a nautical feel, with rope handles and a rope wrapped borde...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate

Mid-Century Modern Silvered Displays Presentoir by Christian Dior Set of 3
By Christian Dior
Located in Bochum, NRW
Mid-Century Modern Silvered Displays Presentoir by Christian Dior. Set of three silver plated metal displays, shaped as a towel tied with a cord, by Christian Dior. Each marked "Chri...
Category

20th Century Italian Modern Christian Dior

Materials

Metal

Christian Dior, Pencil Holder in Silver Metal, circa 1970
By Christian Dior
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Christian Dior, pencil holder in silver metal, circa 1970.
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Silver Plate

1970s Umbrella Stand Lucite and Wicker by Christian Dior Home Collection
By Gabriella Crespi, Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Umbrella stand in the midcentury style by Christian Dior Home collection and designed by Gabriella Crespi. Geometric shape with gilt brass gallery and real rattan cane-work embedded ...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Christian Dior

Materials

Brass

1970s Christian Dior Paperweight of a Thimble
By Christian Dior, Cristal Au Plomb
Located in London, GB
A 1970s paperweight by Christian Dior for French crystal glass manufacture, Crystal Au Plomb. The paperweight features a glossy perforated surface towards the top, imitating that of ...
Category

Late 20th Century French Christian Dior

Materials

Crystal

Christian Dior Ambassadior Fine China Tableware 12 Place Setting, 64 Pieces
By Christian Dior
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Rare Christian Dior "Ambassadior" fine China in perfect, never used condition. 64 pieces total, 12 place settings. Made in Japan. Includes: (not all pictured) 18 soup bowls. 12 sa...
Category

1990s Regency Christian Dior

Pair of Cache Pots by Christian Dior, circa 1980
By Christian Dior
Located in Paris, FR
Two important cache-pots made in Italy for Christian Dior around 1980. In glazed earthenware in imitation of marble inlay with gilt fillets. Signed.
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Christian Dior

Materials

Faience