Yes, Mr. Dior

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 IN: Fashion

Yes, Mr. Dior
Christian Dior died in 1957 on October 23rd, at the age of 52.   The classic Dior style continues to this day.  I say, yes Mr. Dior to the sophistication and elegance under the tutelage of Italian fashion designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Yes, Mr. Dior

In Christian Dior’s book released in 1954, The Little Dictionary of Fashion, the introduction states exactly what I believe in fashion, “But it is possible for a woman to be elegant without spending very much money on her clothes, if she follows the basic rules of fashion and is careful to choose the clothes that suit her personality.”

Yes, Mr. Dior

Wearing: Lafayette 148 New York Interlock Wool Jersey A-line Navy Dress, similar sweater dress here ASOS Oversized Faux Fur Scarf, Kate Spade “Licorice Too” Navy Suede Heels, Chanel Satin Quilted Mini Flap, Prada Blue Aviators, and J. Crew Gold Tassel Earrings.

Dior goes on to say, “First, you must study yourself.  Learn to know what suits you and what does not.  And study your own needs.  Find the colors that flatter you and emphasize your looks. Avoid colors that do nothing for you.”

Yes, Mr. Dior. Bio on Christian Dior

Yes, Mr. Dior. Milestones for Christian Dior

Christian Dior was born on January 21st 1905, in Granville, Manche, France to affluent parents. His father, Maurice Dior, a wealthy fertilizer manufacturer and his wife, Isabelle Cardamone.  He had four siblings.  Dior died while on holiday from a heart attack in 1957.

Dior Creative Directors:

 

Yes, Mr. Dior. Fashion designer John Galliano inop display of ensembles.

Yes, Mr. Dior.  Mr. Dior is sketching one of his original designs.

 I say, yes, Mr. Dior to sophistication, elegance, and style.

Christian Dior – 1946-1957
The Dior style stimulated Parisian Haute Couture in the 1950s.  The French designer’s successful first collection debuted February 1947 with the “New Look.”  The New Look, a term coined by Harper’s Bazaar fashion editor Carmel Snow, brought feminine curves and many of the intricate and laborious methods used in making couture garments according to the book, “100 Years of Fashion.”

Yes, Mr. Dior. S/S 1947 'Bar" by Christian Dior. The signature ensemble of the first collection - Christian Dior's line shown in February 1947.

Yes, Mr. Dior. S/S 1947 ‘Bar” by Christian Dior. The signature ensemble of the first collection – Christian Dior’s line shown in February 1947.

Yes, Mr. Dior. 1950 House of Dior, "Scarlatti" gown. Image credit: Met Museum.

Yes, Mr. Dior. 1950 House of Dior, “Scarlatti” gown. Image credit: Met Museum.

 

Yes, Mr. Dior. "Venus" gown by Christian Dior.

Yes, Mr. Dior. “Venus” gown by Christian Dior.

Yes, Mr. Dior. 1958 "Trapeze" line ensemble by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior.

Yes, Mr. Dior. 1958 “Trapeze” line ensemble by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior.

Yves Saint Laurent – 1957-1960↑
August 1, 1936 – June 1, 2008, French fashion designer.  In 1957, Saint Laurent found himself at age 21 the head of the House of Dior.  According to Wikipedia, “His spring collection almost certainly saved the enterprise from financial ruin;  the straight line of his creations, a softer version of Dior’s New Look, catapulted him to international stardom with what would later be known as the ‘trapeze dress.”

Yes, Mr. Dior. 1963 Jean Shrimpton in Marc Bohan for Dior.

Yes, Mr. Dior. 1963 Jean Shrimpton in Marc Bohan for Dior.

Marc Bohan – 1960-1989↑
 French fashion designer, best known for his 30-year career at the House of Dior.

Yes, Mr. Dior. Photograph by Gian Paolo Barbieri for Gianfranco Ferre advertisement, Fall / Winter 1991. Model: Aly Dunne.

Yes, Mr. Dior. Photograph by Gian Paolo Barbieri for Gianfranco Ferre advertisement, Fall / Winter 1991. Model: Aly Dunne.

Gianfranco Ferré – 1989-1996↑
August 15, 1944 – June 14, 2007,  Italian fashion designer also known as the “architect of fashion for his background and his original attitude toward creating fashion design.

Yes, Mr. Dior. Designer John Galliano for DIor Spring 2007 in over-the-top ensemble display.

Yes, Mr. Dior. Designer John Galliano for Dior Spring 2007 in over-the-top ensemble display.


John Galanos – 1996- 2011↑
A Gibraltar-born British fashion designer, currently creative director of Paris-based fashion house Maison Margiela.

Yes, Mr. Dior. Bill Gaytten for Dior S/S 2012

Yes, Mr. Dior. Bill Gaytten for Dior S/S 2012

Bill Gaytten – 2011-2012↑
Named interim artistic director after John Galliano scandal arose from anti-Semitic statements.

Yes, Mr. Dior. Christian Dior's childhood home, Les Rhumbs loctaed in Normandy above a seaside fishing port of Granville.

Yes, Mr. Dior.  2012 Christian Dior design by Raf Simons, the then 44- year old Belgian native designer led House of Dior.

Raf Simons – 2012-2015↑
A Belgian fashion designer, presently chief creative officer at Calvin Klein.

Yes, Mr. Dior. Model: Mayowa Nicholas wearing Fall 2016 Maria Grazia.

Yes, Mr. Dior. Model: Mayowa Nicholas is wearing Fall 2016 Maria Grazia.

Maria Grazia Chuiri – 2016 -Present↑
In July 2016, Chuiri announced as the creative director at Dior.

Dior Awards, honors, and accomplishments:
♦  1955 Academy Award Nomination for Best Costume for Terminal Station.

Yes, Mr. Dior. A few months after his death, Christian Dior is the first couturier to make the cover of the prestigious American Time.

Yes, Mr. Dior. A few months after his death in 1957, Christian Dior, first couturier to make the cover of the prestigious American Time.

♦  1967 BAFTA Nomination for Best British Costume for Arabesque.

♦  1986 Nomination during the 11 Cesar Awards for Best Costume Design for Bras de Fer.

Yes, Mr. Dior. Stamps of Romania, 2005.

Yes, Mr. Dior. Stamp of Romania, 2005.

 

Yes, Mr. Dior. Childhood home of Christian Dior located in Granville, France near the town of Normandy.

Yes, Mr. Dior. The childhood home of Christian Dior located in Granville, France near the town of Normandy.

I am Paris-bound in less than three weeks.  The itinerary for my trip includes a stop in Normandy.  I hope our schedules will allow for a visit, to Dior’s childhood home, which is now a museum.

Do you say yes, Mr. Dior, all the fabulous classic haute couture designs?  Let me know.

Have a fabulous and stylish week👠

Siggy

 

 

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  • Enjoyed reading your story of Mr. Dior who was an amazing designer. You can still see his fashion influence 60 years later. Also you look absolutely elegant!

    • Cynthia,
      Thank you for stopping by The Age of Grace, you know I appreciate it. I updated a not so new dress with the new ASOS oversized faux fur scarf and the Fashionphile Chanel. It’s amazing how new accessories and attitude can upgrade a look.
      Yes, Mr. Dior was an amazing designer. He would be ecstatic to see how his fashion influence continues today with Maria Grazia Chiuri.

  • I saw Yes,, too! Emphatically. Thanks for sharing this fascinating history and photos. He would lvoe what you are wearing, I do certainly!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

    • Elle,
      Hi! I hope Mr. Dior would love that I wore a classic wool jersey dress and updated the look with timeless accessories.

  • Oh dear, my clumsy fingers, I meant to say :
    I say Yes, Too!
    xx

  • Nina Forrest

    Eugenia, What a wonderful post! I think Dior and Chanel are
    two of the most influential fashion designers.

    • Nina,
      Hi! It’s great to hear from you. I agree with you about Chanel and Dior, they both have tremendous fashion legacies.