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.