Exclusive Pictures Showing a Glimpse Inside the House of Christian Dior During the 1950's & 60's

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The 1950's was a great time for fashion: People were done with war-time austerity and wanted to live it up. And what other way to spend cash than on looking good?

Only two years after the end of World War II, Paris fashion houses reopened their doors and solidified their role as the fashion capital of the world.

Enter Christian Dior, who resurrected the Haute Couture we now know and love. With the help of Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga, a new direction for women's clothing was formed: it was dubbed the "New Look".

We all know what 1950's fashion looked like: a nipped waist, knee-length skirts, neck and bust in full view. That's all the handy work of the genius who was Christian Dior.

The below were taken by Life Magazine photographer Mark Shaw, who snapped these behind-the-scenes images from the 1950's through the 60's. They don't only capture clothing but the mood of French society at the time.

Check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section below!


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