New Look: a short bio

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New Look: a short bio

For Spring-Summer 1947 on February 12, 1947, Christian Dior launched his first collection of fashions. The exhibition of "90 variations of his first concept on six mannequins" was displayed in the company headquarters salons at 30 Avenue Montaigne. The two styles were originally named "Corolle" and "Huit" But the new series went down as the "Next Trend" in fashion history after Harper's Bazaar's editor-in-chief Carmel Snow screamed, "It's such a fresh look!" The New Look was a pioneering era for women back in the 1940's. The new collection by Christian Dior is being credited with having resurrected the luxury industry in France. As well as that, the Latest Look brought back the feeling of haute couture from France, as it was considered glamorous and youthful. The look was characterised by a slim, nipped-in waist and a full dipping of the skirt below mid-calf level, revealing the chest and thighs as epitomised by the ' bar ' outfit of the first series. The collection overall featured more stereotypically feminine looks compared to traditional wartime fashions, with long skirts, slim waists and loose shoulders. Dior kept some of the masculine features when they began to gain popularity in the early 1940s but he still wanted to incorporate a feminine feel. The New Look was immensely successful, with its full-skirted style well into the 1950s influencing many fashion designers, and Dior drew a number of prominent clients from Hollywood, the United States, and the European aristocracy. As a result, Paris, which had fallen from its post-WWII status as the luxury capital of the world, was reclaiming its preeminence. The New Look was embraced in western Europe as a chic alternative to post-war austerity and de-feminizing trends, and was followed in the UK by fashionable celebrities such as Princess Margaret. According to Harold Koda, Dior had credited Charles James with inspiring The New Look. Dior's "New Look" styles not only inspired the 1950s models but also some of the younger models that we all know in the 2000s, including Thom Browne, Miuccia Prada, and Vivienne Westwood. Most designers also point to Dior's evening dresses from that time, and they've been seen in several wedding themed catwalks with many layers of fabric piling up under the tiny waist. Take for example Vivienne Westwood's Ready-to-Wear Fall / Winter 2011 and Alexander McQueen's Fit for Wear Fall / Winter 2011. Everybody was not happy with the New Style however. Some found the quantity of material unnecessary particularly after years of fabric rationing. Feminists in particular were angered, believing such corseted styles were patriarchal and regressive, and took away a woman's integrity. There were numerous resistance organisations to the projects, including the Split Husbands ' Association, made up of 30,000 people who opposed the costs involved with the quantity of fabric required for them. Fellow artist Coco Chanel said, "Only a guy who was never intimate with a woman could do something that was awkward." Despite the face of this resistance, the New Look remained universally popular and continued to affect other designers ' work and styles well into the 21st century. John Galliano has revisited it to mark the 60th anniversary of the New Look in 2007 with his Spring-Summer collection with Dior. Galliano used the wasp waist and wide shoulders, modernising and revising them using parallels to origami and other Japanese styles. Raf Simons revisited the Modern Look in 2012, in order to reinvent his creations for the 21st century in a sleek but yet sensual and feminine way, with his first haute couture collection with Dior. Simons ' work with Dior retained the traditional fabrics and elegance, but fostered self-respect and free speech for the woman's body. For this album, which was produced in just eight weeks, Dior and I film the production process highlighting Simons ' use of technology and modernist reinterpretations.

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