It’s 1947. France is in the midst of reconstruction after the war. Although fabrics are being rationed, a young designer wins the world over to his daring vision of feminine elegance. He once again establishes Paris as the capitol of fashion. His name, Christian Dior, is destined to reach the realm of myth.
This man, however, who so completely changed and glamorized haute couture from 1947 to 1957, contradicts the extroverted, flamboyant image the public has of fashion designers. Christian Dior, never comfortable with his celebrity, was a reserved, conservative man who hadn’t even considered working in the fashion industry. The events that led up to his role as “director of dreams for high society” astonished him more than anyone. He was a down-to-earth, humble man who treated the 900 employees of his large company as family. They were the ones he worked with to make the creations he so enjoyed drawing a reality.
What are the roots of Dior’s impeccable taste? What inspired his dynamic creativity and amazing success? His childhood in Normandy, the everlasting image of his mother’s elegance, as well as his love of flowers, art, and architecture, help unravel the mystery of the man behind the myth.
In the 1960’s my mother wore dresses, stockings or tights, heels, and pearls most days. She had a softer version of the beehive hairdo, and used eyeliner, cake mascara, and red lipstick every day. She looked glamorous - Jackie Kennedy was her inspiration. She did that having 4 young children around her legs.
My husband, who is my age, remembers going to his parent’s parties, and he was only so tall, so he remembers wandering among the guests, the women all wearing nylon tights and heels, at his eye level all he could see was legs! That’s similar to the evocative image CD described with the lingering scent of women’s perfume. Such beautiful memories that make you feel comforted.
I’m going to call my mother right now and ask her how she did that. Maybe I can learn from her. But the world is different today.
As a teenager and young adult, I loved the fragrances Miss Dior, Diorissimo, and Diorama. I read Vogue religiously. And I ate and threw up to try to be thinner. I hope I didn't develop cancer of the esophagus for the sake of beauty.
I mean if you stopped it will be okay,
I haven't heard a bulimic getting esophagus cancer but constant abuse can erupt the esophagus.
Really the best way to get thinner is going light strength trainer(bodyweight work out, yoga) and a cardio (could just be running) plus eating healthy at least 5 days a week.
It's a slower process but worth it in the long run.
Unbeknownst to most people, he was a disgraceful Mormon.... I mean Norman. He favored effeminate apparel neglecting overalls for the common man. His "Hour Glass" designs were discriminatory and offensive casting a negative slight on the great Roseanne Barr and Rosie O'Donnell! In his early days he smuggled Oreo cookies to the poor Galatians always on the brink of starvation. He will go down on the annals of history as a wasp of little or no mythological influence!
my late father was a classically trained central european tailor who made ladies and men's coats, suits, and dresses. he was very talented. also made patterns from scratch. he worked for big hollywood designers from adrian, irene, to james galanos and jean louis.
I think women (generally not exceptions) had less to do outside the home. My own Mother looked like a Vogue cover EVERY day - even while cleaning house. When you have to rise early - possibly take care of & feed a child or children -- drive or get to a job AND continue working for 8 hours, you're probably excelling if cleanly scrubbed w/kempt hair. Sadly dated Dior's are for idle wealthy &/or very special occasions. Plus, did you note the statement whereby it was stressed a woman needed a maid to assist in securing some of those do-dads??
L'anglais-américain il y a des similitude avec la langue française, for me please easely, d'autres langues impossible, ou traduction sera le bien venu, d'autre l'oublie serait un avantage, pour moi 4 langue m'est suffisante emplement, naturellement tout cela ne me regarde que moi et de mon histoire et puis et puis le peintre Giusti mercy
I personally greatly prefer the 1930s and especially the 40s fashion and silhouette, and Dior's New Look is where I drastically lose interest for a good few decades. That said, I can respect the man's talent and influence.
@ 21:33 is that Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Kenough ? Beautiful dresses . I wish women would go back to wearing these kinds of dresses . Whether the dresses looked simple or elegant they all had class . I am 5.10 in . tall and all five of my dad's sister's were tall also . They use to tell me , when you grow up you should be a model. It never happened . lol !! I remember my aunt's always dressed so beautiful in clothes like these back in the 60's and 70's . Great video!! Thank you for sharing this .
The wasp waist, and flared skirt is always going to be in style, because its the most flatering shape, and makes every woman look her best. Thats why women from the 50's always look so beautiful. But the most touching part of this story is how much Chritian was loved, and when he was gone, how the head of the house said that they were not older but younger, because they had Yves.
The production values on this documentary are just sad. Thank you very much for posting this, I appreciate access to it, but I wish the original creators of the documentary had done a better job of this.
MsRazno, are you joking? Do you know how arrogant, how entitled that comment sounds? WHY should the French learn to speak English? To make uneducated people feel more comfortable? I don't think that's their job. How many languages do you speak? I don't know where you get off calling them disrespectful; your comment is disrespectful.
The glint of happiness in my childhood being raised in the 1960's, THE WOMEN. The adult women still knew how to dress.
I know not what they are doing in this present generation, they call it bling etc. Class has never gone out of style. Christian Dior
was the man who made the world look new.
My mother used to take me to high end, Second hand stores, in Evanston & Lake Forrest,Illinois.Even though we seldom bought anything, She wouldEducate me,about fabric, design,what colors etc looked good on me.She was always beautiful! But her best advice about wearing clothes was”,Stand up straight & look above their eyes.” She also said,” Class has nothing to do with money!” I miss her so much!
The most beautiful clothes! Women do not take care to appearances these days! Look like they just got out of bed,or see how much body can be exposed or just look genderless! A woman is a mystery and clothes make the woman! An impression is made in the first 10 seconds of meeting another! I miss that generation of mysteriously beautiful women and men! The male fashions always complemented the females! And vise versa! I loved this documentary ,thank you for sharing!
+S C I think she meant as first impression of someone is always the clothes and the looks. But after that, as u get to know someone, those things always get over shadowed by the person they are inside.
+S C well it might not always define a person but it usually is. A lot of people who don't care about appereance are thoose who don't care about themself or anything. People who are depressed or ..AND SO ON
Women spend more than ever on cosmetics, clothes and accessories. The difference? Women are not just decoration anymore. Instead of suffocating corsets - exercise and health from within. Instead of impractical, limiting dresses - clothes that communicate style as well as an ability to do more than host a tea party.
21.5 inch waist is insane. I have a pretty extreme natural hourglass compared to most women (34-25-35), but I would have to be corseted into one of these dresses regardless. It just runs in cycles, Victorian women loved the corset look but suffered to wear it, then Chanel came along and liberated us from our corsets in the 20's, and then Dior appeared and brought the corsets back in the 50's, after which we went back to liberation in the 60's.
Ever since, we've strayed quite far from this classical silhouette, but I do sometimes yearn for that elegant hourglass that would flatter my natural figure.... I'm just not sure how much I'd be willing to suffer to wear it.
Regardless, these dresses are beautiful, feminine, and elegant, something that is so sorely missing these days. The grass is always greener...
There are many women nowadays that use corsets, even under the supervision of doctors for back pain. You should read up on it! It's markedly less dangerous than distortions of history would have you think.
Martine Shamzin femininity is an energy that transcends clothing. At least women nowadays have the choice to dress as they like and express their individual self. As much as I like the New Look, we’ve moved past that for a reason.
Coco Chanel was more practical as I said before. Women weren't allow to wear pants until women like Katherine Hepburn, Josephine Baker, Marlene Dietrich not only wore pants but tuxedos. You try wearing a corset for 10-12 hours a day and high heels. It is one thing to be feminine it is another where women have to be in pain and not allow to eat just to look feminine. The Chanel suit was practical and feminine.
They weren't really feminine at all. In fact, her original designs were baggy and unsexy, a boxy jacket, and a boxy skirt. Chanel suits became gorgeous and sexy when Karl Lagerfeld took over, and did many things that she hated. For one thing, he took the skirt up above the knee, which is still the accepted Business length. The made the jacket length shorter too, so you see more hips and ass. And Karl put visible Chanel Logos everywhere. He is the reason Chanel is such a big deal, really.
I remember going to a casting for Pierre Cardin for Haute Couture and he did act like a bitter queen. He would say something in French and then his cabine models would laugh at what he said. He wasn't laughing at me but at another model that was auditioning. It really lowered my opinion of him. My roomate was his fit model that also got to walk for Pierre Cardin's show and I was the fit model for Dior that season when Gianfranco Ferre was designing for Dior in 1990. I didn't walk for Dior that season but for Jean Louis Scherrer and Lecoanet Hemant and Torrente.
Love Is Who I Am Mr Cardin became cheap but did not start cheap. Dior also sell their name for cheap licensed. Those house have long story. Dior is hot today but wasnt in the 1980. They regain popularity when they hire Mr Ferre in 1989. Mr Cardin is very rich. Hé dont fit the bitter old queen type.
anastasia46 - I do when I go to work (kind of). Right now I'm wearing an off-white pencil skirt with a black border, a black and white striped, short-sleeved knit top, heels, and I'm carrying a vintage-looking Yves St. Laurent black, white and red bag with a poppy design.
As you can tell, I love fashion!!!