Christian Dior and I by christian dior
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These were the girls Tania and Marie- who modeled and whose graceful pirouetting walk founded a in modeling. But of that, more later. By 1946. the time I my first I had made all New the new these arrangements, it Look, fashion was July, decided to open my house on December 15, and show collection in the spring of 1947. Before I left Lelong, J gave a small party for my former colleagues, which for me at least was tinged with sadness: I was bidding farewell to my years of apprenticeship. And in the very middle of the dinner I received another, crueler intimation that my carefree youth was over.
But I designed clothes for flower-like feminine busts, and Such a skirts. struction. clothes with women, rounded shoulders, full enormous spreading willowy waists above fragile air In order to can be achieved only by solid con- satisfy had my love of architecture and employ a technique quite different from the methods then in use. I wanted my dresses to be constructed like buildings, molded to the curves of the female clear-cut design, I to form, stylizing its shape. I emphasized the width of the hips, and gave the bust its true prominence; and in order to give my models more "presence," I revived the old tradition of cambric or taffeta linings.
I reflected philosophically that this was the price of fame. But apart from my dislike of the whole business, I could not help thinking that I cut a sorry figure a well-fed gentleman in the Parisian's favorite neutral-colored suit compared with the glamorous, not to say dandified, couturier of the popular imagination. wondered ought to transform myself in order not to disappoint my public. Perhaps I should go on a diet, and renounce not only Gourmandise but everything else which made life worth living.