The story of Christian Dior

Hi guys, today we’re continuing the ‘The Story of…’ series. Last time we talked about Coco Chanel https://delaylable.com/2020/09/02/the-story-of-coco-chanel/ . Today we are talking about Christian Dior, the founder of the famous Christian Dior fashion house that I absolutely adore.

So, let’s start. Christian was born in a small village on the coast of Normandy, France. He had 4 brothers and when he was around 5 years old him and his family moved to paris, while they still went to the Normandy coast in the summers. While his family wished for him to become a diplomat, he had other ideas. He wanted to become involved in art, so he sold his fashion sketches outside his house for around 10 cents to make some money. When he left school in 1928, his father gave him money to finance a small art gallery, where he and his friend sold art by the likes of Pablo Picasso. After Christian’s mother and brother’s deaths, three years later, with the contribution of the financial problems during the Great Depression when his father lost control of the family business, the gallery closed.

Dior was employed by Robert Piguet in 1937, where he was given the opportunity to design three of Piguet’s collections. He also said ‘Robert Piguet taught me the virtues of simplicity through which true elegance must come.’ While he was working for Robert he met and worked alongside Pierre Balmain, and wa succeeded as house designer by Marc Bohan, who later became house of design for Christian Dior Paris. He left Piguet after he was called for military serice.

After Dior left the army, he started working for Lucien Lelong, in 1942, where he and Balmain where the primary designers. During WW II, Dior was designing dresses for the wifes of Nazis officers and French collaborators – in attempt to preserve the fashion industry, just like a few other fashion houses like Nina Ricci, Jean Patou and Jeanne Lanvin. Catherine, his sister, who served as a member of the French Resistance, was captured by the Gestapo and sent to Ravensbruk concentration camp, where she was kept until the liberation in May 1945. Christian Dior, later named his first fragrance Miss Dior named after heras tribute in 1947.

In 1946, Marcel Boussac, known as the richest man in France and a successful entrepreneur, invited DIor to design for a fashion house founded in 1925 called Philippe and Gaston, but he refused saying he wants to start fresh under his own name. On the 8th of October 1946, with the help of Bussac, Dior founded his fashion house. The real name of his first collection was Corolle, but the phrase New Look was coined for it by Carmel Snow, editor in chief at Harper’s Bazaar. He was a master at designing silhouettes, he is quotes as saying ” I have designed flower women”. His designes were recognized for the wasp-waisted corsets and percale, boned, bustier- style bodices that gave the women a very curvaceous form.

Initially, the women, used to shorter dresses because of the limitations of fabric during the war, protested against the fact that his designs were covering the legs. The amount of fabric used in his dresses and suits created some backlash. Coco Chanel commented on the “New Look” saying: ‘Look how ridiculous these women are, wearing clothes by a man who doesn’t know women, never had one, and dreams of being one’. During one photo shoot in a Paris market, the models were attacked by female vendors over this profligacy, but opposition stopped after wartime shortages ended. Dior’s collection “New Look” revolutionized women’s dress and reestablished Paris as center of the fashion world after World War II.

Yves Saint-Laurent, 19 at the time, became Dior’s assistant in 1955. Dior later met with Yves mother in 1957 to tell her he had chosen him to succeed him at Dior.

Christian Dior died while on holiday in Italy, on October 1957. Most reports say he died of a heart attack, but what caused it is still left to speculation.

Hope you enjoyed. Let me know who you think I should write the next post about. Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

Dior Couture

Dior Couture

Hi guys, so, you might not know this, but I am a huge Christian Dior fan especially the couture dresses. I decided to share some beautiful Dior Couture dresses that I just love.

This one is from the spring 2020 Christian Dior couture runway show.
This beautiful dress is from the Christian Dior S/S 2017 couture runway show.
This one is from the Fall 2012 Christian Dior couture fashion show.
This one is from the Fall 2018 Christian Dior couture runway show.
I couldn’t find out from when this dress is from, it’s a vintage, but I think it’s so beautiful I couldn’t not include it.
This one is from the Spring 2017 Christian Dior couture runway show.
This one is from the Spring 2017 Christian Dior ready-to-wear runway show.

If you enjoyed, please let me know so I can make more of this kind of posts for other designers.

Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

Resort 2021

Resort 2021 

  Hey guys. Today we are talking about the resort 2021 collections, that unfortunately, were held online because of the pandemic going on. I am going to show you some of the looks that I loved from a few designers. If you enjoy it, I might make a part 2.  

   Christian Dior 

 Dior is one of my personal favorite brands. The way they do the embroidery and all the attention they put in their garments is impressive and I adore it. The designer got her inspiration from the locals of a small town in Puglia. Some of my favorite looks are: 

  Burberry 

 Burberry had some difficulties in shooting the collection since COVID-19 closed most of the studios, so they took the pictures right outside their own London front doors and the looks where modeled by their employees. I think they did a great job, the suits created are stunning: 

 Versace 

 I am not a huge fan of Versace, I do like some of their designs along the years, but it’s not my first choice. I have to say though, that this collection blew me away. I love all of their looks. Accessories, garments, shoes, everything. I am utterly impressed. Here are some of the looks: 

  

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini 

 Lorenzo Serafini was not able to host a presentation of his collection, but he did release photos. He spent the quarantine time at the Italian Seaside. His designs are beautiful and in my opinion so chic. You can judge them yourself: 

XOXO, Delayla

My ultimate wishlist

Today I decided to do my ultimate designer wishlist. Honestly there are so much more things on my wishlist, but these are some of ones I thought of right away.

I will separate them in categories so it’s a bit easier.

Sneakers

Sneakers are my absolute favorite type of shoes. They are so comfortable and fashionable I can’t even. Here are two of my favorite.

Christian Dior

Bags

Everybody who knows me personally knows I have a bag obsession. I probably have a shopping problem. These are only three of all the bags I love.

Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis

Accessories

I don’t own a lot of accessories, but I am planning on starting on focusing a bit more on them. I really love Dior jewelry.

Karl Lagerfeld
Chanel

Perfume

Smelling good is one of the most important things for me. I have A LOT of perfumes, but here are two of my absolute favorite ones.

These are just a little tiny part of my wishlist. Let me know what your ultimate wishlist is in the comment section. Hope you have a great day.

XOXO, Delayla