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January 24, 2022

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The Golden Age of dressmaking

Christian Dior (1905-1957), the French fashion designer from Normandy, is often credited with reviving the entire Paris haute couture industry after the devastation of WWII. In 1947, the opening of a new couture house and the introduction of what was known as the “New Look” — soft shoulders, padded hips and long, full skirts — inspired women around the world who’d been sporting masculine wartime shapes. Dior also coined the terms “A-line” and “H-line.” The Christian Dior exhibit, on now until March 18, 2018 at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, focuses on the Frenchman’s designs from 1947 to 1957, and offers insight into the creative process and mechanics of the Paris haute couture industry during the 1950s. Daytime and evening wear are on view. Adults $28.

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