The First 13 Diors, 1953
Captured on the famed stairwell of Dior's Paris flagship. Thirteen was Monsieur Dior’s favorite number and being highly superstitious, it explained why there were thirteen models in his salon. Lined up on the staircase outside the Grand Salon before a highly anticipated trip to Japan, the roll call includes Vera, Renée, Alla, Marie- Thérèse, Dexter, Claire, Lucky, and France. By the bannister, Victoire stands next to Mauviette. © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com
Christian with Renée, March Vogue 1957
Dior selected each of his house mannequins personally. He believed that it was their style and personality that brought his clothes to life. Here he is pictured with Renée, of whom he said; "Of all my mannequins, Renée is probably the one who comes nearest to my ideal. Every dress she puts on seems to be a success as though there existed an exact equivalence between her proportions and those of my imagination".
Christian Dior: Rare Photos From the Birth of the 'New Look,' 1948
Photos from a Christian Dior show in 1948, when the designer was launching a couture revolution and reinventing high fashion.