The Dior New Look vs The Dior Newer Look

In 1947, immediately after the intense horrors of World War 2, Christian Dior showed a collection of looks that were both revolutionary and reminiscent. The jackets were structured, like the bodices of Victorian dresses, with a nipped in waist to make the body seem both curvacious (the ideal hourglass shape) and model-like thin. The skirts were subtly pleated with a hemline that went a little below the knee, making them modest with enough youth to make the outfits refreshing. The “New Look”, as Dior called it, revolutionized how women dressed and set the trends through the 1960s (Jackie Kennedy wore several dresses that were reminiscent of the New Look because of the conservative necklines, tiny waists, and full skirts). Last September, during Paris Fashion Week, Raf Simons, the new creative director of Dior, showed a collection inspired by the New Look– there were dresses with structured tops, nipped in waists and pleated full skirts. Simons modernized the concept by making the dresses out of shear fabric, modern and bold belts, unique details (like the cursive writing on the hem of the dress in the picture below), and luxurious heels. Out of all the Spring/Summer runways, I was the most impressed with Dior and Raf Simons. I had many concerns after John Galliano was removed as creative director and Raf Simons took his place– would Dior be the same fashion house that I had always admired and so many others adored? After a poor couture runway immediately after Simons took over, many people wanted Galliano to come back to his former position, but once the first dress came down the Dior runway for Spring, many people’s fears, including my own, vanished. As much as I adore the original New Look, I have become obsessed with the new New Look (especially with the red ball gown that was at the end of the runway). Below are photos to compare the original New Look and the modern New Look. Examine the two and voice whether you think the original is the best or the new version is even better. ImageImage


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