Dior's death in 1957 brought this golden age to an end. With the changing social and economic climate fashion moved from the fitting rooms and ateliers into the streets and boutiques. Yet, its legacy of artistry and craftsmanship survives in the remaining grand houses of Paris and the bespoke workshops of Savile Row.
This evening gown is by Christian Dior, Paris. They are designed by London-trained John Galliano, artistic director for Dior since 1997.
Evening dress by John Galliano for Christian Dior. Silk satin embroidered with metal and silk thread, Paris 2004-5 autumn/winter. By courtesy of Christian Dior.