1950’s Fashion Film – The Top 5 Designers.

Top 5 Fashion Designers of 1950’s Women’s Fashion

The  most glamorous of decades was probably the 1950’s and this beautiful film. It illustrates the creme de la creme of fashion designers. Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Jaques Fath, and of course Coco Chanel.

Christian Dior.

Probably more than anyone else, Christian Dior redefined the look of women after the war years, with his bell suit and tiny waists. Grace Kelly was a great fan of this style. A master at shapes and silhouettes, he died in before the decade was out in 1957.

Christian Dior - The Bar Suit 1947

Christian Dior - The Bar Suit 1947

The iconic photo above is now mistaken for the original 1947 Dior Bar Suit. It was in fact taken in 1957, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The New Look.

Cristóbal Balenciaga.

A big fan of opulent glamour, the Spanish designer Balenciaga nevertheless went the opposite direction to Dior with sleeker silhouettes and less emphasis on the waist. His tunic dress paved the way for Chanel’s chemise.

1950s fashion designers - Christian Balenciaga

Jacques Fath.

Jacques Fath originally sprung to worldwide fame with his exquisite gowns worn by Moira Shearer in The Red shoes. Also Rita Hayworth‘s infamous Gilda dress was a Fath creation.With his chic young Parisienne styles with plunging necklines and hourglass figures, Fach took Dior’s New Look to a younger audience. Fath also died tragically young of cancer in 1957.

Rita Hayworth wears Jacques Fath
Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes

Pierre Balmain.

Mentioned so eloquently in the 1960’s folks song by Peter Sarstedt “Where do you go to my lovely”, Pierre Balmain was incredibly well known. His pure french style of elegance and grace was the envy of all designers.He popularized the Stole, which women took to draping over their evening dresses.

Pierre Balmain - 1950s fashion designer

Coco Chanel.

Not a big fan of Dior’s flowery dresses, Coco Chanel remained at a low profile for some years after the war, concentrating on Couture fashion. Coco Chanel’s behavior during the Nazi occupation of Paris not withstanding, it goes without saying that Chanel blew her competition away with her famous come back in 1954. Her Boxy Suit defined the later sleeker look of the 1960’s and marked an end to her high fashion days. As ever she was ahead of her time. Her easy to adjust Chemise dress was a particular favorite with ordinary women, cherishing comfort, but also showing off a lushness of femininity. She may have hung out with the odd Nazi but she was a genius.

The Chanel Suit 1954
Chemise dress by Coco Chanel 1954
A Chemise Dress by Coco Chanel.
Chanel 1954 collection
Chanels 1954 Collection.
Chanel in her studio in 1954
Coco Chanel in her studio in 1956.

That’s all !
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  1. Just found your blog….LOVE it!!!! I've added you to mine as a link and posted about you. I love Balenciaga, in fact I just came across a black silk early 50s suit by a friend of his, Pedro Rodriguez!