1947 Dior suit iconic of the "New Look" that would carry into the 50's. Padded hips, articulated bustline and nipped waist. Unlike the similar silhouette of the mid nineteenth century, the figure was expected to fit this silhouette through internal methods, ie dieting, rather than restrictive corsets. Brassiere's and elastic girdles were worn instead. Even waist cinchers of the 50's were only 4 inches wide.
'Virevolte' ensemble | Christian Dior (French, 1905-1957) | France, Autumn/Winter 1955 | Material: wool | Emphasis on a nipped waist was the primary characteristic of Christian Dior's designs. This day ensemble features another Dior hallmark, the cropped jacket, to create the same look. Paired with a box-pleated skirt, the jacket skims the waist, accentuating the hourglass shape | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York