Detail: Vintage wool suit by Christian Dior (Sportwear Label) from the mid 1980s, in a milky chocolate brown. Beautiful tailoring throughout. Jacket has single button fastening, shoulder pads, half belt and pleats from shoulder to waistline. Gentle A-line skirt with deep inverted pleat. Zip fastening to side waistline. Both are fully lined.
Condition: Excellent / Near Perfect
Sizing: UK8. Extra Small. Jacket: Shoulder seam to seam 15.5". Bust 34". Waist 28". Sleeve from shoulder seam to cuff 20". Length 21.5". Skirt: Waist 25". Hips 35". Length 24".
Colour: Milky Chocolate Brown
Fabric: 100% pure new wool
Care: Dry Clean
For his first collection in 1947, he created the extremely popular "New Look", which featured rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and a very full skirt. Dior created an opulent clothing style which contrasted the severe living conditions of post-war France. After the war, he helped to re-establish Paris as the capital of world-fashion . Dior became the last great dictator of style in the 1950s. Each collection throughout this period had a theme - classic suits, ballerina-length skirts, the H-line in 1954, and A- and Y-lines in 1955.
Together with his partner Jaques Rouet, Dior was the pioneer for license agreements in the fashion business. Already in 1948, he decided to arrange licensed production of furs, socks, ties, perfumes, and clothing in regionally separate production centers. Thus spreading the brand name quickly around the globe.
In 1953, he hired Yves Saint Laurent as an assistant. After Dior's sudden death in October 1957 in Italy, Saint Laurent became head designer and introduced the trapeze dress in his first collection for the house.
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