March 20, 2009

Tribute to Christian Dior

fashion icon

Christian Dior was born in 1905 in Granville, Normandy Coast. To please his father he studied at the Ecole des Sciences Politiques in1923 to prepare for a diplomatic career. But he always had a thing for the arts. In 1928 he opened a small art gallery, but three years later after the death of his mother and brother, the gallery closed. He started selling fashion sketches to haute couture houses to get by. At the age of 32 he assisted Robert Piquet. Shortly after, he was called up for military service. In 1942 he joined Lucien Lelong 's fashion house as one of the primary designers, next to Pierre Balmain. In 1946 he opened his own fashion house. His first collection, the Corolle line or the New Look, was born. With its tiny waist, full long skirt, and use of yards and yard of fabric, he revolutionized women's dress. It became the most famous silhouette and one of the signature looks of Dior. In 1954 he presented the French bean line or Flat look. Unfortunately Christian Dior died in 1957 due to a heart attack.

After his death, Yves Saint Laurent took over as artistic director until 1960. From there on several artistic designers followed including Marc Bohan (1960-1989), Gianfran
co Ferre (1989-1996) and the ultra legendary designer of today, John Galliano (from 1996). Galliano's talent is ultra creative and highly sophisticated and he isn't afraid to take bold risks. In his collections for Dior, he knows best how to mix Dior's traditional style with his own contemporary visions and take fashion to a whole new level of glamour and luxury. Every woman should wear Dior. J'adore Dior.

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