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Recently I was asked

what was on my list of ultimate fashion finds.

And recently I found one:

Vintage haute couture Christian Dior.


In the Spring of 1955, Christian Dior launched his collection -

the king of couture, ever passionate for gardens and blooms -

and this was one of his designs.

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The Spring line was named the "A line,"

“'The most wanted silhouette in Paris,' Vogue calls it, 

proclaiming 'the prettiest triangle since Pythagoras.'"

Narrow bodices, shockingly low necklines, skirts that widened from the hip.

From the front, this 1955 design bears resemblance to earlier years' designs,

while the back reveals Dior's "A" with its lovely fishtail hem.

Iridescent silk 

Understated elegance

At once structured and utterly feminine.

Tiny hand stitches

Finish the edges

Weave a flower story on the topside.

Shell paillettes in the shape of flowers

Prong-set crystals

Pearl & bugle beads - 

All paint the dress in falling petals and blooms.

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Custom-made for the wife of a Shell Oil executive,

Sewn and beaded by hand,

Hundreds of hours of artistry

From the Paris atelier.

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