By  on April 10, 2012

WWD takes a look back at the fashion house's couturiers over the years.1947 to 1957: CHRISTIAN DIOR Dior set the fashion world ablaze with waist-cinching, fan-skirted dresses that became known as the iconic New Look and inspired a desire for a new glamour in the post-World War II world. With a global reach and set of licenses, Dior set the template for the modern fashion empire. The Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich and Princess Margaret were among those who embraced his designs, from his expert hand with crinolines to new ideas ranging from the Oval line in 1951 to the Cupola in 1953 and the H line in 1954. Dior designed just 22 collections, and died while on vacation in Italy in 1957. NEXT: Yves Saint Laurent >>RELATED STORY: Dior Names Raf Simons Its Next Couturier >>

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