Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence

Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence(Photo by Bert Stern/Courtesy of Staley-Wise Gallery)Yesterday, serendipitously in the midst of couture fashion week, was the birthday of none other than Mr. Christian Dior. Let's celebrate by spotlighting his avant-garde contributions.

Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence
(Courtesy of Dior)Though he passed away nearly 60 years ago, Dior's brand is still synonymous with Hollywood glamor. A-list actresses like Natalie Portman (left), Charlize Theron (right), and, most recently, Jennifer Lawrence (center) remain at the forefront of the fashion house's advertising campaigns, keeping alive the designer's glittering legacy.

Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence
(Courtesy of Vogue; Dior)According to Vogue, Christian Dior was destined for eminence. In fact, when the couturier was 14, he visited a fortune teller that told him he "would one day suffer great poverty, but in turn make his fortune from women, and travel widely." Luckily for us, he read into the premonition.

Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence
(Courtesy of Dior.com; Barbie Collector)As fate would have it, Dior found his success after the Great Depression and thanks to women. He superstitiously released his first collection in 1947 with sprigs of his lucky flower, lily of the valley, sewn into each dress' hem. His lucky charm worked for Vogue, which coined his clothing the "New Look" for its refreshing opulence and femininity. Achieved with a cinched waist and full skirt for a balanced hourglass shape, his 'bar' suit silhouette became so infamous that even Barbie got her hands on it. But not before...

Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence
(Courtesy of Sunset Boulevard/Corbis; Mark Shaw; mptvimages.com)...these iconic movie stars. Not only did Marilyn Monroe flaunt Dior's designs, (left to right) Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlene Dietrich also admired—and were equally admired in.

Today, Raf Simons is the creative head of the house of Dior. His Spring 2014 collection can be viewed here:
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  • Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence
  • Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence
  • Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence
  • Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence
  • Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence
  • Christian Dior: Destined For Decadence
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