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Christian Dior's New Look, 1947. As a reaction to the rationing of World War II the new look, using many metres of fabric, came into fashion. It was a return to the classic feminine shape, emphasising the bust and hips, with a tiny waist. I love how glamorous this looks with the tiny jacket and voluminous skirt.

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Christian Dior's New Look, 1947. As a reaction to the rationing of World War II the new look, using many metres of fabric, came into fashion. It was a return to the classic feminine shape, emphasising the bust and hips, with a tiny waist. I love how glamorous this looks with the tiny jacket and voluminous skirt.

A history of fashion: From old Hollywood to modern couture, the artist has handpicked the best-dressed attendees

Sketches depict the best Cannes red carpet dresses through the years

A history of fashion: From old Hollywood to modern couture, the artist has handpicked the best-dressed attendees

Pierre Cardin Space Age 60s The silhouette of this outfit is interesting especially the ankles of the trouser.

Pierre Cardin Space Age 60s The silhouette of this outfit is interesting especially the ankles of the trouser.

Colette Massignac for House of Paquin, 1950's. This dress reminds me of a shell, with the colour and the pleats betweent he smooth fabric.

Colette Massignac for House of Paquin, 1950's. This dress reminds me of a shell, with the colour and the pleats betweent he smooth fabric.

Worth Dress - 1955 - by Worth London - Silk dupion with embroidery of sequins…

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