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Paris Report By Darius KADIVAR

Royalty and Stars Celebrate 60th Anniversary (1957-2007) of Christian Dior Fashion House in Paris & Versailles

Hollywood and Royal Haute Couture Favorite:
France's Christian Dior
© & imdb photocomposition DK


[Fashion Designers: ]

Eyes, hair, mouth, figure
Dress, voice, style, movement
Hands, magic, rings, glamour
Face, diamonds, excitement, image

I came from the people, they need to adore me
So Christian Dior me from my head to my toes
I need to be dazzling, I want to be Rainbow High
They must have excitement, and so must I


-Madonna Lyrics to Rainbow High from Andrew Lloyed Webber's and Alan Parker's EVITA


Christian Dior Fashion Designer (1905-1957)

The most influential fashion designer of the late 1940s and 1950s, CHRISTIAN DIOR (1905 to 1957) dominated fashion after World war II with the hourglass silhouette of his voluptuous New Look. He also defined a new business model in the post-war fashion industry by establishing Dior as a global brand across a wide range of products. The first Christian Dior collection after Dior's death was a sensation. Designed in just nine weeks by the 21 year-old Yves Saint Laurent, as he was called after dropping the 'Mathieu', the clothes were as meticulously made and perfectly proportioned as Dior's in the same exquisite fabrics, but their young designer made them softer, lighter and easier to wear. Saint Laurent was hailed as a national hero. Emboldened by his success, his designs became more daring culminating in the 1960 Beat Look inspired by the existentialists in the Saint-Germain des Pres cafés and jazz clubs. Marcel Boussac was furious and, in spring 1960, when Saint Laurent was called up to join the French army, the Dior management raised no objection. Saint Laurent was conscripted in the army and, after demobilization, he opened his own couture house. He was replaced at Dior by Marc Bohan ( Who designed Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi's Wedding dress as his predecessor ( Christian Dior himself had for Queen Soraya the Shah's former wife ), who instilled his conservative style on the collections until 1996 when the iconoclastic young Briton, John Galliano, was appointed chief designer of Christian Dior by the company's new owner, the LVMH luxury goods group.


See Bio of Christian Dior Online


Dior's Royal Egerie :Former Shahbanou of Iran, Farah Pahlavi
with John Galliano who now works for Dior's
Haute Couture
Brand. Sharon Stone one of Hollywood's Dior Ambassadors
with Karl Lagersfeld and Bernard Arnault.
©PDV &



From Scandal to Success: Top  In the aftermath of WWII, Dior first fashion
Models were openly attacked by unhappy Parisians for displaying
elegance. The Dress' were manufactured with recuperated
Parachutes ( made of Silk). But early bitterness led to Fame with
such models as Brigitte Bardot not yet the future Super Star she
became. ©



FIRST LADIES At VESRAILLES: ( Right to Left )Mme. Bernadette
Chirac (Former First Lady of France) , Princesse Mathilde of
Belgium, Queen  Lalla Salma, wife of  King Mohammad VI of
Marocco, Mme. Giscard d'Estaing ( Former First Lady of France)
and S.M.I. Farah Pahlavi ( Former Shahbanou of Iran).





Authors Notes:


Bio and Video in French on Dior


Official Website of Christian Dior


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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant.

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