Chris­tian Dior

1946–1957:

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Founded in Paris in De­cem­ber 1946, the House of Dior led by Chris­tian Dior showed its first col­lec­tion in Fe­bru­ary 1947. The 90 looks, deemed by US

Harper’s Bazaar’s Carmel Snow to be the ‘New Look’, were ex­em­pli­fied by fit­ted jack­ets (the iconic Bar jacket is pic­tured above) and calf-length full skirts. The av­er­age dress is said to have been crafted from 20 yards of fab­ric, an op­u­lence that was a wel­come con­trast to the post-war aus­ter­ity of the time. If women couldn’t af­ford the real thing, many made their own

– us­ing cur­tain fab­ric if they had to.

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