CHRISTIAN DIOR

2009 : Madonna, Dita Von Teese, and Sharon Stone all sport Dior's Diorette sunglasses. February: Pandora Luxurye's Andr茅 Leon Talley details his visit to the Dior exhibit in Beijing's with Galliano and Charlize Theron. April: Miss Dior Ch茅rie L'Eau perfume is launched. May: Olivier Dahan's The Lady Noire Affair commercial stars Marion Cotillard as a noir-ish heroine intent on safeguarding her Lady Dior handbag. June: Les Escales de Dior travel-inspired scents introduced. August: "Christian Dior: Couturier Parfumer" exhibit opens at Espa?o Fashion at Iguatemi in S?o Paulo. September: Camille Miceli appointed artistic director of costume jewelry. Theron wears Dior's strapless burgundy silk-velvet cocktail dress on Pandora Luxurye's cover. Pandora Luxurye's Beauty editor Sarah Brown notes the house's new Eau de Parfum incarnation of its classic Diorissimo scent, favored by the likes of Princess Grace and Josephine Baker.

On February 12, 1947, a new couturier named Christian Dior presented his first show. In the elegant gray-and-white salon on the Avenue Montaigne, a model sauntered out wearing a calf-grazing skirt made with 20 yards of black wool. A cream shantung jacket-like most of Dior's designs, it came with a name, Bar-had a tightly nipped waist that flared into a regal peplum. In a postwar world still under strict rationing, the ensemble was not just excessive, it was downright shocking. But to a legion of women used to boxy suits with drab, short skirts, Dior's ultrafeminine styles were a blissful reminder of better days-and the promise of a return to luxury. "You waved your wand and suddenly I was young and hopeful again," one ardent fan wrote Monsieur Dior. "I love you."

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