Galliano gives Dior a sporting chance

It took just one word - "sportswear" - for John Galliano to move Christian Dior ready-to-wear out of the realms of antique costumes and into modern day reality.

I hear you knocking...

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Making it up with Karen Krizanovich: Shiny happy people

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Cream crackers

is it worth it? At pounds 26, Christian Dior's new formula Svelte Perf ect promises to help conquer your cellulite - but are they selling you a product or a dream?

The Look that shocked the world

Christian Dior's brave challenge to post-war austerity, when he grabbed the news pages of the world with his nipped-in waists and generous, mid-calf skirts, is 50 years old tomorrow. Ian Phillips traces the history of the fashion house that is still famous for the New Look of 1947

Eight cheers for Galliano

Dior in Paris: At the Dior anniversary collection, Tamsin Blanchard watches fantastical creations emerge from the hand of the plumber's son

the man who loved women

From Eva Peron to Rita Hayworth, the women who wore Dior's dresses chart the story of a great designer. A special gala tomorrow pays tribute to them, reports Julie Street

dollars & scents

Scent of Romance is a perfume 'for gels' being launched by Barbara Cartland on her 95th birthday. It will have to survive in a market where a new scent appears every three days. Sarah Stacey investigates the financial chemistry. Photograph by Patrice de Villiers

The elves and the shoemaker

Think of a shoemaker of the Forties and Fifties and - if fashion history is your thing - you may well arrive at Roger Vivier. The man who created the slender, high-heeled shoes to go with Christian Dior's 1947 New Look, Vivier was so celebrated that Marlene Dietrich wore his heels in Hitchcock's Stage Fright (1950). And Queen Elizabeth II wore shoes by this Frenchman to her coronation.

Body of evidence

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A golden hello again from Dior

Christian Dior made a welcome comeback at the Paris spring/summer haute couture collections yesterday with sharp tailoring and elegant evening dresses.

New-look Dior fails to suit Nineties woman

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