This American fashion journalist believed that the innovations of Christian Dior stood firmly in opposition to what the fashion gurus were up to in the U.S. (happily, she was right). Excited by new-found authority that America had established during the war years, she simply could not suffer Dior, with bizarre antics that were given to spinning
"the feminine figure in the unconventional manner, trying to make her look good where she ain't. He seeks the ballet dancer illusion - natural, rounded shoulders, too weak to support a struggling world...Her waist is pinched in an exaggerated indentation, the better to emphasize her padded hips...There are butterfly sleeves, box pockets, belled jackets, and barreled skirts, suggesting something like a Gibson girl, or whatever grandmother should have worn."?
Christian Dior had a good deal of trouble with people who would illegally copy his designs; click here to read about that part of fashion history.
Click here to read more 1940s articles about Christian Dior and his New Look.
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