Tim Ashley

Another Madeleine

Christian Dior: The Man who Made the World Look New

By Marie-France Pochna (Translated by Joanna Savill)

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‘Emphasising women’s hips’, Marlon Brando remarked, ‘is like putting falsies on a cow.’ He was one, one might think, an obvious person to make a statement about fashion. But this was 1947. The star who later made bike gear chic had just seen one of Christian Dior’s New Look dresses. Like everyone else, Brando was caught up in the debate which was driving two continents to the edge of hysteria.

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