Thursday, 8 March 2012

Natalie Portman's Vintage Dior Gown

As always, the red carpet at this year Oscars ceremony was rife with red dresses- that one true badge of the ultimate sex symbol. But there was one red dress in particular which hit all the best-dressed lists around, not to mention caught some prolific media attention- a vintage Dior gown from 1954, worn by the beautiful Natalie Portman.

According to the latest reports, this timeless and elegant dress has just been sold to an anonymous British couture collector- for a cool $50,000. The dress was initially borrowed from Rare Vintage for Portman's Oscar jaunt, where she presented the Best Actor Award to Jean DuJardin. And rare it certainly is. The gown, size 4 and strapless, was designed by Christian Dior just 3 years before he died in 1957. One lucky London-based lady has just snapped up a now iconic piece of fashion history.




The dress itself is so very evident of Dior's style. He invented the "New Look", a style which was radical to post-war women who were not used to clothes that accentuated their feminine shape. They used much more fabric than other dresses, which just screamed luxury as such materials were rationed during the war time. The "New Look" was all about cinched-in waists with full skirts, full breasts and full hips. "I wanted my dresses to be constructed, molded upon the curves of the feminine body, whose sweep they would stylize," said Christian Dior in his autobiography.

Little ladylike polka dots adorned the sultry red chiffon, both eternally stylish elements in themselves but even more powerful when Portman teamed them with a dazzling v-necked Harry Winston diamond necklace and black Charlotte Olympia box clutch. A winning Oscars' look but Portman made sure that it was the dress that did the talking.



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