damsels, dames, & dior

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It snowed a foot and the winds are punishing, but this is what I opted to do with my snow day. You don’t get between a woman and a long-dead midcentury designer, that’s for damn sure. Dior’s “New Look” collection launched seventy years ago yesterday, and a late homage is better than none.

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I’m not wearing much ’50s anymore, but Dior will always have a seat at my proverbial table. Whether or not you dig the full-skirt-nipped-waist thing, you gotta admire the man for defining an entire decade’s sartorial grammar. What do you think when you think “vintage”? ’50s. What do you think when you think “’50s”? Housewives in two dozen yards of pleats. That’s Dior. What other designer is so thoroughly metonymic?

For the New Look’s 70th anniversary, I married two of my favorite Dior looks: hat and pleats plus the trademarked Dior slouch. I’m enjoying a sharper silhouette lately, but this soft, feminine outfit was a welcome valentine from one of the greatest designers of his day.

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Dress: Tatted Tina’s Designs

Jacket: ’50s, Cheshire Vintage

Hat: ’50s, Barge Canal Market

Gloves: vintage, thrifted

Shoes: thrifted

 

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3 Comments

  1. What a perfect use of a snow day! These shots are just lovely, and I love the contrast between the sweet femininity of the outfit and the cold and severe background. This is a really fun way to commemorate one of the most influential fashion moments in modern history.

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