“No more women soldiers built like boxers, I draw women flowers, soft shoulders, flowing busts, fine waists….”
Christian Dior’s 1940’s New Look undeniably changed the fashion world forever. After years of the dark, sombre, standard issue make-do and mend war-time clothing, Dior made the world’s jaw collectively drop with collections of exaggerated ultra-femininity: untouchable, outwardly cool structured surfaces but with a network of erotic and imaginative cantilevered bras and boned corsetry underneath. A huge part of my nostalgic heart will always belong to the 1940’s simply because of Dior’s iconic styling. For me it embodies and celebrates everything amazing about femininity. From the sharply contoured hourglass figure, the smart tailoring of powerful women juxtaposed with the soft fragility of a female body overlaid in silk and lace and the gorgeous, relentless eye for the tiniest of details.
I recently came across a vintage Christian Dior girdle-skirt
It is undeniably heart-achingly beautiful. It is a shame that Dior’s lingerie has dwindled in resent years, but then that does make their archives so much more enticing. Plus its clear to see in the recent few collections of Dior that they are proud of their heritage in lingerie, as one of the designers striding ahead of the Underwear-as-Outwear trend that has been sweeping the fashion world the last couple of years…….