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This gorgeous Dior dress from 1947 was one in the first post-war collection that was quickly dubbed “The New Look.” This look was soft, emphasizing the feminine and a woman’s figure - a far cry from the utilitarian, masculine looks of the war. The desired look was an hourglass figure not unlike that of the Victorian era: full bust and hips and a tiny waist with soft, sloping shoulders. Corsets were even used during this time to fake this look.
This dress is the “Chérie” dinner dress. When I first saw it I exclaimed that it was the perfect dress. Made of midnight blue silk, the skirt alone is comprised of thirteen and a half tightly-pleated yards of fabric. In the detail photo below you can see the beautiful handwork that was done to create these. What I wouldn’t give to wear this dress just once!