Melanie McDonagh Melanie McDonagh

The waist land

Only with the help of a fortune teller did Dior set up his revolutionary fashion house and create the celebrated Bar suit that opens this V&A exhibition

Strange to think when you visit the Christian Dior show at the V&A that his time as designer was so very short. From the first show in 1947 when he brought the war to an end — at least in terms of clothes — with the New Look, to his sudden death at the age of 52 was just a decade.

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