Afterall, Dior’s fanciful design was inspired by the corsets and petticoats of his own Belle Epoque childhood. What made his designs wildly resonate for so many, however, was that they contrasted sharply with the long war-years of frugality. Dior wrote in his autobiography in 1956: “It happened that my own inclinations coincided with the spirit or sensibilities of the times.” And as the world turns, the attraction of timeless couture is proof that it never goes out of style.
Historically, natural fur marked certain stages in the lives of a girl of good family: at eighteen, Daddy would buy her a beaver and a mink jacket or coat for her marriage. In 1962, Time magazine was asking: “After mink, what?” In 1964, Valentino began to think about Evening Wear and in that year presented a short natural jacket with kimono sleeves over a long gown. In fact, the reign of natural fur was to be a long one that also revisited us in its many evolutions.
This 1946 vintage photo by Gjon Mili of Evelyn, Sunny and Dovima in pure White Mink Stoles over evening gowns brings forth the vision of pretty beauty that brought the era under Dior’s hourglass influence. White Stole calls this inspiration Quintessential!
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