One name stands out in this sale: Christian Dior. Boutique and haute couture dresses, coats and accessories from 1950 to 2010 will be on offer.
Christian Dior by Yves Mathieu Saint Laurent, strapless black taffeta dress, open pleated skirt, waist highlighted with a large bow, notched collar bolero, black label, white graphics, circa 1960.
A black taffeta dress (see photo) and an ecru silk indoor dress brocaded with a plant motif, shawl collar and gathered skirt, circa 1955, both estimated €1,000/1,200, will begin the fashion show. Ensembles by Marc Bohan and John Galliano will start at 100 euros.
An ecru silk shantung coat with a shawl collar from Spring-Summer 1957 (€250/300) recalls Dior’s last haute couture collection. An architecture and gardening enthusiast who also had an interest in music, drawing and painting, Dior’s first show was on February 12, 1947, when the famous new look took the fashion world by storm. The style is recognizable by its corolla skirts and marked waists designed so that "every woman is the most beautiful".
When Dior died suddenly of a heart attack at a spa in Montecatini 10 years later, the mantle passed to 21-year-old Yves Mathieu Saint Laurent, who became the world’s youngest couturier. It was a logical continuation since he used dress codes so brilliantly and designed pieces that bear an obvious resemblance to some of Dior's models. The proof is his first collection, presented in January 1958, featuring a conical silhouette, bubble, ruffled and balloon high-waisted skirts: French elegance.