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STYLE AND CULTURE

STYLE LESSONS FROM DIOR

By Eleanor Dunne, 30 January 2019

Fancy being cultural this February? We suggest a visit to London's new V&A exhibition, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which opens this weekend. With over 200 dreamy couture dresses to feast your eyes on, the exhibit is a must-see for fashion nerds who want to brush up on their Dior knowledge (and grab some style inspo for the new season). To get you in the mood, here are five key looks from the house's history and how you can work them into your day-to-day style now.
Christian Dior's 'New Look' | ASOS Style Feed

Street style of a blazer, waist belt and full skirt | ASOS Style Feed

All about that waist

Ready for a quick history lesson? For his first collection in 1947, Christian Dior created what was basically a brand-new silhouette. The cinched waist and full skirt of his Bar suit was dubbed the ‘New Look’ due to its contrast with minimal post-war style. It's an oh-so-extra vibe that has since been on repeat on the catwalks (and in our wardrobes) for the last 70 years – see the sidewalks of the recent Paris couture week for proof.
Houndstooth look from Dior Archives | ASOS Style Feed

Street style look of a houndstooth coat | ASOS Style Feed

Sweet (hounds) tooth

All this Dior talk may ring a bell: the exhibition did run in Paris last year, but the London version will also explore Dior’s relationship with Britain. The designer adored British culture and often used heritage fabrics in his collections. He was particularly fond of houndstooth – in fact, he liked it so much that in 1950 he began decorating the packaging of his first fragrance, Miss Dior, with the pattern. These days, houndstooth tailoring is still a super-sophisticated choice and will turn your winter look up a notch in a flash.

Trapeze dress by Saint Laurent from Dior archives  | ASOS Style Feed

Street style look of a trapeze dress | ASOS Style Feed

Trap queen

You know the dependable, loose-fitting dresses that you reach for on those don't-know-what-to-wear days? You can thank Dior for those. The man himself created the A-line design, which Yves Saint Laurent (who took over the house after Dior’s death) brought to the next level with the Trapeze dress. Take a tip from this street-styler and make a flared silhouette modern with chunky platform boots and a mini bag.
J'Adore dior top on catwalk | ASOS Style Feed

Christian Dior logo street style look | ASOS Style Feed

Logo loco

John Galliano gave the house an extravagant, exuberant vibe during his 1996 to 2011 tenure, and his J’Adore Dior slogan became an icon of the 00s. Fast forward to 2017 and the house’s new (and first female) Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri brought the logo back in all types of funky ways for her debut collection. A logo top adds a laid-back streetwear vibe to any 'fit, as you can see from this T-shirt and skirt combo.
Dior spring summer 2017 | ASOS Style Feed

Street style look from Christian Dior | ASOS Style Feed

Pictures: Getty

Beautitulle

One of the dresses we’re most excited about seeing in the exhibit is the stunning tulle number that Princess Margaret casually wore to her 21st birthday. Dior often used tulle in his designs, and, in another ode to the fashion house’s history, Grazia Churi continues to celebrate the fabric (including in her most recent couture show). To give the feminine look an edge (and avoid any ballerina vibes), pair with strong tailoring and lace-up boots.

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