The Christian Dior in Paris felt refined and traditional in comparison to the brand’s previous couture collections. Beginning with a silhouette evocative of the infamous New Look of the forties, the show featured voluminous full-skirts that ended at knee length with tightly nipped in waists. The dresses were adorned with soft, voluptuous bows and decorated with trails of floral pattern.
The introduction of leather and sheer fabrics served to modernize the collection, along with the use of slightly oversized houndstooth patterns that looked graphic and contemporary. Pencil skirts and long evening gloves gave an air of sophistication and retained the traditional elegance that is fundamental to couture.
As the show progressed towards the end, the silhouettes became increasingly more dramatic. Evening dresses with masses of voluminous, luxurious fabric gave a sense of grandeur in black, deep purple and pure white. Light fabrics were manipulated into pleats and folds that gave body and drama to the final outfits; a series of couture gowns ending in a tiered, bright red evening dress that was striking and memorable.