Brynne Kuntz

Posted on: April 30th, 2013 by Brynne Kuntz No Comments

In response to the fabric restrictions imposed during World War II, Christian Dior revolutionized fashion with his “new look.” Inspired by nineteenth century “Belle Époque” fashion, Dior utilized countless yards of fabric to create lavish dresses that reinstituted femininity to both fashion industries and women around the world. The designs featured a cinched waist, accentuated bust, and full-length pleated skirt, a clear 180-degree turn from Coco Chanel’s boxy and manly silhouette style. Dior was recognized by prominent figures and magazines in the fashion world, such as Vogue, who claimed that Dior “stirred up a most reviving fuss” just when the “fashion business was hinting at a decline of French couture.” Women, tired of the industrial and masculine fashion styles during World War II, happily embraced the New Look, ready to be feminine again.

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