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...Introduction The beginnings of haute couture are generally accepted as being with Charles Frederick Worth in 1858; during the intervening decades, the rise and fall of the business of made-to-measure clothes in the salons of Paris has been...
...Jean-Louis Scherrer was born in Paris in 1935. He trained as a dancer at the Conservatoire de Danse Classique, Paris. While recuperating from a back injury in 1956, he began to sketch fashion designs. His drawings were shown to Christian...

Christian Dior (1905–1957)

Brenda Polan

Brenda Polan is a fashion writer, editor, lecturer and academic. She was formerly fashion editor and women’s page editor of The Guardian and has since written for all Britain’s major newspapers and many magazines. She was until recently Programme Director (Media) at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Tredre

Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Communication, at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Prior to his academic career, he worked in newspaper fashion journalism and was the first Editor-in-Chief of WGSN, the online fashion trends and research business. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Great Fashion Designers : From Chanel to McQueen, the names that made fashion history

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

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...Dior Couture, January 1957. Photo: Loomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images.The nostalgia that informed Dior’s Corolle Line was an important part of a culturally manufactured amnesia.Christian Dior’s Bar suit, the one...

A-Line Dress

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

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...The term “A-line” is used to describe a dress, skirt, or coat with a triangular silhouette, narrow and fitted at the top and widening out from the bust or waist in a straight line to the hem. More specifically, it is understood to mean...

Dior, Christian*

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The French couturier Christian Dior (1905–1957) was born in Granville, France. Descendant of a manufacturing family of the Norman bourgeoisie, Dior spent his early childhood in the comfortable surroundings of the family villa, Les Rhumbs...

New Look

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The New Look was the name given to a style of women’s clothing launched by Christian Dior in his first haute couture collection presented in Paris on 12 February 1947. The styles that made up the look corresponded, according to the show...

Uses of Tools and Supplies

Zoya Nudelman

Zoya Nudelman is an Assistant Professor in the Fashion Design Department at Illinois Institute of Art- Chicago Mart, where she teaches eveningwear and couture embellishment design specialties classes, draping, advanced draping, and more. She has been trained by professional artist and fashion designer from Europe and has been able to bring all of her knowledge into her classroom. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Couture Sewing

Fairchild Books, 2016

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...Review uses of tools and suppliesReview needle types and threadLearn proper pressing methodsLearn how to tailor tack and thread trace your patternsLearn about the life and work of Christian Dior Needles There are many different kinds...

Christian Dior: Nostalgia and the Economy of Feminine Beauty

Ilya Parkins

Ilya Parkins is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Poiret, Dior and Schiaparelli : Fashion, Femininity and Modernity

Berg, 2012

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...In February 1947, Christian Dior (1905–57)—an obscure designer previously employed in the houses of Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong, and from there quietly making a name for himself among certain elite Parisian women—showed his first dress...

The New Look: Fashion Conformity Prevails, 1947–1960

Phyllis G. Tortora

Phyllis G. Tortora is a widely published author of textbooks, encyclopedias and reference works, and a specialist on textiles and historic costume. Her books include Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, the Dictionary of Fashion, and Fairchild's Encyclopedia of Accessories. She is the co-author (with Keith Eubank) of Survey of Historic Costume: A History of Western Dress, and has contributed articles to Scribner's Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara B. Marcketti

Sara B. Marcketti is an associate professor at Iowa State University, USA, where she serves as an associate director in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and formerly served as curator at the Textiles and Clothing Museum. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Survey of Historic Costume : Student Study Guide

Fairchild Publications, 2015

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...Chapter Objectives After studying this chapter, you will be able to: 17.1 List the major features of the New Look. 17.2 Name the significant garment styles and prevailing silhouettes for the period 1947 to 1960. 17.3 Assess how changes...

The Changing Shape of the Silhouette in Fashion Shows

Barbara Brownie

Barbara Brownie is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She is the author of Transforming Type (Bloomsbury, 2014), co-author of The Superhero Costume (Bloomsbury, 2015), and has contributed to edited collections including Writing Design (Berg, 2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Footage Referenced Betty Jackson, Autumn/Winter 1985 Max Mara, Spring/Summer 1988 Jean Paul Gaultier, Spring/Summer 1988 Comme des Garcons, Autumn/Winter 1990 Lacroix, Autumn/Winter 1992Introduction The evolution of fashion has long been...