t’s Christian Dior’s 109th birth anniversary, and a perfect opportunity for us to pay a tribute to the iconic French designer who shaped the trajectory of fashion for years to come. The painfully shy rotund designer, who was notoriously superstitious and never received a man who didn’t wear a tie, wanted to make every woman look as feminine as possible.
Yes, that was Dior! His eponymous label, currently under the guidance of Raf Simons, is synonymous with elegance, grace and sophistication and echoes Dior’s oft quoted line, “Elegance must be a balance of simplicity, attention, poise and distinction.”
Dior’s contribution to fashion is what encyclopaedia are made of. Be it the famous Bar Jacket in 1947(which accentuated the waist, lending an hourglass silhouette to women), the comma heeled pumps much later, the A line dress in the spring of 1955 or florals, Dior wanted women to be unabashedly feminine and sensuous. In February 1947, his collection featuring full circle skirts, with a little bit of ankle showing that created a waspy waist, earned the tag of the “New Look” by the then Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow and that marked the beginning of a fashion revolution which countless celebrities have been a part of over the years. Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister of the UK ) and Grace Kelly used to patronise the label and from the current crop of the rich and famous, there’s Charlize Theron, Keira Knightley, Jude Law (who swears by Dior Homme jeans and more recently Robert Pattinson, the face of Dior Homme.
Want to look like the Dior man/woman? Simply follow these guidelines.
- The Bar Jacket by Dior is considered a timeless fashion classic, and with good reason. It draws from the now famous peplum silhouette, and accentuates a woman’s curves. If you can’t afford a Dior Bar Jacket, check out our more affordable version, that’s equally form flattering. And no, you don’t need to loot the bank for it.
- Dior’s fashion philosophy was all about giving women the perfect hourglass shape. Cinched, tiny waist, fuller hips, sometimes even with the help of padding and rounded shoulders (he detested the use of shoulder padding). Look for a full skirt this season, and the one place you are sure to find it is your mom’s wooden trunk.
- Dior invented the A line silhouette back in 1955 and Yves Saint Laurent, who succeeded him at the House of Dior, lays claim to the trapeze dress, a modern take on the A line silhouette. Ladies, A line is an extremely flattering silhouette, and we consider a woman’s wardrobe incomplete without one. So get either a skirt or a dress (preferably the former if you love old school Dior) in an A line silhouette.
- Pumps with comma heels (heels that resembled the punctuation mark), was another one of Dior’s invention and he rightly said that pumps go with everything. Nothing is a bigger truth than that. So get a pair of pumps in a neutral colour, that would “go with everything.”
- As for the gentlemen, the washed denims and the super cool sunglasses from Dior Homme have gained fans from Usher, Kanye West and Jude Law. A man absolutely must own a nice pair of wayfarers and a pair of jeans that is hail and high tide proof. Else, don’t dare step out!