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The 5 fashion moments that defined Dior

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The name Christian Dior has been synonymous with luxury fashion since the 1940’s, where a penchant for elegance and post-war indulgence loomed over much of the western world. 

Having spent so many years dressing for comfort over style, this new way of fashion was a shock to some. Dior was able to successfully become a staple in the lives of many fashion lovers, around the world. While this ‘new look’ seemed daunting, Dior’s pieces were both conservative yet fashion forward; elegant but modern. 
 
Throughout the years, House of Dior has seen it’s resident designers flourish. Showcasing the best of the fashion industries talent, here's a look at some of the most influential looks & designers from the last 70 years of Dior.
 
The New Look
 
 
This nipped-waist, full skirt suit it instantaneously Dior and has become synonymous with the fashion house sins it's debut in 1947. Post-war fashion meant saying goodbye to the restriction put in place by war-time practicalities. The feminine silhouette revolutionised fashion ideals and thus, the New Look was born.
 
Slim Look Dior
 
 
As times changed, so did Dior’s chosen silhouette. Come the early sixties, Marc Bohan introduced Dior to slim-line suits that attracted the fashion industry like moths to flames. Rumour has it, that upon seeing the new collection, Elizabeth Taylor quickly ordered twelve garments in the new silhouette. 
 
John Galliano
 
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Galliano took Dior to a theatrical heigh it had not yet reached prior to his appointment. Romantic, whimsical and architecturally sculpted, his garments were extravagant art works. He is famously quoted as to have said his role is to “seduce,” which he certainly achieved.
 
 
Raf Simons 
 
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Taking the reigns as artistic director in 2012, Raf Simons had a more subtle approach than Galliano. Opting for a more minimalistic touch, the Belgian designer reinstated the classic ‘new look’ silhouette as a staple.
 
This floral skirt is widely regarded to be a new-classic. What's most surprising about the collection is that Simons had only 8 weeks to create the entire haute couture collection, all of which was recorded in the feature-length documentary, 'Dior and I'.
 
Maria Grazia Chiuri  
 
 
Making history as Dior’s first female creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri launched her debut SS’17 show with a poignant political statement: We should all be feminists. 
 
Paired with a a skirt reminiscent of Slim Look Dior, the statement shirt was a somewhat eerie prediction of the year to follow.
Whatever direction House of Dior heads in, know that they will always be one step ahead of the crowd.
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