Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Posted on January 24, 2012

The House of Dior will probably never really get over the New Look, just like Chanel can never really abandon its iconic suit.  Not that we would want either one of them to abandon them; there’s a reason they’ve stuck around so long. With its characteristic nipped waist, full skirt, tailored top, and yards of extra material to give it all volume, the New Look became iconic and timeless because it’s so adaptable and interpretable. With this collection, Bill Gaytten recast the iconic look using sheers and leather and re-interpreted it in jaw-dropping fantasy gowns with gigantic skirts. The result is very French, very Dior, and very chic.


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  • Sobaika Mirza

    I love the movement of the purple, 9th one down. Must have been gorgeous in person!

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Totally with you! That one really caught my eye.

  • Wow, those are some stunning dresses! I love how they’ve managed to use volume without completely drowning the models in fabric.

  • I want to possess that first Dior dress like it’s my own Linda Blair.

    • Sam

      This made me laugh so hard! I’m going to use that comment sometime, don’t know when, but I must say it!

  • Anonymous

    I can easily see a young Grace Kelly walking in some of these. How lovely.

  • Anonymous

    Dying!!  I just want to touch every one of these fabrics.

    • P M

      Don’t you just?!

  • michelle shields

    love everything but the sheer stuff. Are we over the grannie panties yet?

    • Anonymous

      You took the words right out of my mouth! I must have been a 1950s Parisenne in a former life, I adore these dresses…and will be waiting to WERQ the first actress to wear them properly.

    • Anonymous

      Can we ever really be over GrannyPanties?  🙂

  • Anonymous

    I love how the audience isn’t staring at all until the last two dresses. I understand the love for the red one. Lovely. Also, sheer blouse girl– I can still see your boobs through the pockets.

    • Well, they are the last two dresses. I assume during the earlier dresses they were looking at the stuff in front of them as opposed to the stuff at the end of the runway being photographed. 

  • WOW, now that is fashion.  Bet some of those will be Oscar dresses…sigh

  • Anonymous

    Paging Diane Kruger, we found your collection. I have never quoted Rachel Zoe in earnest before, but I die.

    The purple tiered gown? The red houndstooth? The first dress which I would never wear in a million years? It’s love.

    Also, if anyone can convince Taylor Swift to wear said purple gown, they are the winner of life.

    • Anonymous

      Diane doesn’t normally do full skirts, but oh my she could rock these! 

    • Anonymous

      my first thought as well- where is Diane!! 

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Taylor got the red dress first, though. she does love her red!  but the purple on her would be the bees knees!!

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE these.  The white, with the zipper up the front, not included. 

  • Anonymous

    Let me start by saying I think much of this is stunning.

    But…  I can’t help seeing a translucent housewife dress and either thinking “playboy, 1956” or “Ladies – keep your man interested by opening the door wearing nothing but Saran Wrap.”

    • Anonymous

      And that in turn makes me think of Fried Green Tomatoes!

  • Anonymous

    i see that theyve finally replaced galliano.
    these are jawdropping.

  • Joanna Schuth

    Le sigh. Le siiiiiiiiiigh. Those lovely full skirts will never not be gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    Karlie Kloss is on fiyah this season.  Love Love Love dior.  I would wear those skirts every day of my life if I could

  • Hmm, not liking very many of these. Love the red ball gown, and the black and white one with the white on top and black bottom. 

    • For some reason I feel like Andrea Riseborough is going to wear that to the Oscars. The black and white one.

  • Stunning.

  • akprincess72

    LOVELY!!!  I want the first full skirted & lengthed black one w/ the reverse hombre’ top & the last red one.   I do love the movement & drama of the others though.  That plummy-purple color is divine, I would like the last dress in that color too!

  • Anonymous

    wow, i love it all.

  • Not the whole collection?

  • Anonymous

    A lot of these are lovely, but Dior is NOT bringing panniers back.

  • Emily Scott

    Just stunning. I SO want to see the black and white gown (10th one down) on the right actress at the Oscar RC. It would have to be someone statuesque, so Charlize Theron pops into my mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Some of those dresses are just breathtaking–I love the tiered purple dress, and the red gown that looks almost like phyllo. I’ll take one of each, please, to wear in my rich fantasy life where I have a need for several new ballgowns every season.

    • Anonymous

      omg it does! red baclava gown FTW!!

  • I wish I had the life where I could lounge around the house in these clothes, wait, they’re more than clothes, they’re creations, instead of in my workout pants and fleece hoodie. I’ve finally found who I want to be seeing these stunning designs, now all I need to do is grow 10 inches, drop 30 pounds and 20 years and hit Powerball.

  • lilibetp

    My favorites are the first two black-and-white ball gowns.  Maybe Berenice Bejo will wear one of them.

    • Anonymous

      oooh, yes!!!  she’s a nominee, so going big would be apropos!

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  • Anonymous

    I’m not a betting person, but I’d wager 10 cat brushings that Cate Blanchett will be seen in that grey and white plaid gown.

    • She’s just who I thought of too!

      I can see Rooney Mara in a few of these as well.  

  • Anonymous

    Hoop skirts are BACK.

  • Crazy pretty.

  • Anonymous

    I love these so very much. *sigh* This, to me, is a fantasy collection of course. But, oh how I want to be in that fantasy. 

    I couldn’t help but chuckle seeing Cameron Diaz front row. Just no. 

  • Anonymous

    SO much pretty! I just wish we could see better shots of the gowns themselves because the couture crowd background is kind of distracting.

  • Anonymous

    Dresses #10, 13, and 15 – to die for!   Dress #6 when I wanna channel Donna Reed.

  • Anonymous

    Love. Love. Love them all!! Great contrast of volume and texture throughout. So fresh and yet familiar. LOVE. 

  • …and now we see why John Galliano shoulda kept his Dior gig. Get the man some counselling & rehab, scale back his ridiculous workload and he’d be good to go.

    This stuff is lovely, but just a little pedestrian. And the styling is woefully tedious.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, there are some spectacular gowns here. My favorite is pic #10. Also love the red houndstooth skirt outfit in pic #2.

  • Love love love.  See?  Take that Miu Miu.  

  • and not a platform shoe in sight.  keepin’ it classy, that’s how it’s done.

  • I will take one of (almost) each! I don’t care that the gray-print dress looks like s big table. I’ll wear it to Walmart to buy BBQ sauce and talk like Scarlett O’Hara!

  • Wow! I was immediately thrown back to my childhood by these gorgeous dresses. 

    The big difference between these and the originals is the length of the skirts. Casual skirts were hemmed by distance from the floor rather than where your knees were or what looked best on your leg. I don’t remember the exact measurement, but I think the required length was somewhere around 6 inches up from the floor. I have a 6th grade picture where the skirt hems of every girl in the front row were exactly the same, no matter how tall the girl was. All that length and fabric weight was held up and out by a myriad of stiff crinolines. Then, suddenly, in 1958, the slips were gone and the skirts laid flat.

    I just wish I were young, thin and rich enough to wear almost any of these.

  • I looked through all the pictures with my mouth agape. I want every single one of those dresses.

  • These are stunning.  And they scream DIOR! 

  • Anonymous

    Ahh, sigh. So lovely. Not every look a winner, but if I ever woke up rich with a significant social calendar, I’d shop this collection.

    Closer to reality, I hope to see a good quality knockoff of that red & white houndstooth pencil skirt somewhere soon.  One that’s properly lined.

  • Joyce VG

    My eyes are so happy right now…

  • The 3rd one down with the black leather top and writing on the skirt looks so Lolita print, but I dig it. Honestly, I’m really split. Some I love but others border on costume tacky. Maybe it’s just because I own yardage gray tulle with little black velvet dots and I got it at Joann’s.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Beautiful collection.  Love that first dress, as well as the red ballgown and the ombre one.  Beautiful.

  • That first look is stunning!

  • wow!  love it.

  • Anonymous

    I love everything except for the gown that looks like a bunch of dead birds stuck in a car’s grill.

  • Anonymous

    If I may borrow a term from TLo, these qualify as part of “fuckingfantastica”.

  • Lattis

    Chanel’s Bill Gaytten seems to have somehow tapped into my mind and extracted the essence of what 6 yo me wanted to look like when I grew up. This is what I dreamed of wearing.

  • aimee_parrott

    GORGEOUS!  Just perfection.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous, luscious, fabulous!

    Except for the granny panty gowns.  Those are awful.

    Nice discussion of the New Look, TLo.  

  • Anonymous

    Number 5 seems problematic what with the skirt pairings.  Having said that, very iconic but also pretty modern.

  • Renee Thomas

    The red gown makes the 10-year-old girl in me SWOON!
    I also love the cream gown. Could see Cate Blanchett looking stunning in that.

  • Anonymous

    I want the entire 4th outfit now please!

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  • MilaXX

    Pretty, add a lining and most of these will work nicely on the RC. Not a fan of the last few dresses though. I’m just not a ball gown kinda gal.

  • Anonymous

    This collection is breathtaking. 

    In the video Cameron Diaz looked quite lady like in her polka dot dress, but the shoes were a mistake.

  • Anonymous

    Incredible. Drooling over here, but carefully, so as not to dribble on those amazing confections.

  • The two dresses with panniers on the side:  it’s like it’s the 1780’s all over again!

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Wow. All of these are really beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely.  Makes me think of Mrs. ‘Arris.  I think she would have chosen the tenth one.

  • Anonymous

    I really like this. I think a lot of the ones in the first half could be beautiful on Rooney Mara, and would be close enough to the aesthetic she’s been working while still adding something a bit different. She should wear that first purple one to the Oscars.

  • There sure is a mid-50s inspirations vibe to a lot of this, with a touch of Louis XVI. Interesting. 

  • Anonymous

    These are really beautiful and the craftsmanship looks impeccable. 

    But the Philistine in me sees those craft project “doll with a crochet skirt” spare toilet paper roll covers in the last few ball gowns…

  • Judy_J

    I suppose since my first real encounter with fashion as a child was with Dior’s New Look, this style is at the core of my fashion being.  I’ll never tire of it.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous and that last red dress is stunning. 

    However….Don’t like the granny panties under the dresses. At all. And don’t like the I’m-wearing-2-skirts look. Yuck.

  • Wow.  Actually, those are some shockingly wearable, flattering dresses and outfits!

  • these models are gorgeous! and so is the collection of course

  • Anonymous

    The purple dress is mouthwatering

  • Anonymous

    who wears this stuff? some of this is even a bit much for the RC. And since most celebrities on the RC get their stuff for free, who buys this stuff? pretty to look at, but not practical (or affordable)

    • Anonymous

      Haute Couture shows are mostly for inspiration.

  • Anonymous

    Love. Love. Love. How hard do you think it would be to wrestle that model down and take the red hounds tooth skirt? J’adore Dior.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see some woman shopping in Target in one of those gowns! Beautiful clothes.

  • Sweetvegan

    So gorgeous!

  • Beautiful clothes from Dior as always, though for me the volume on the skirts is a bit much, even for big events like the Oscars…

    Also, bravo for a beautiful, diverse selection of women as models. Nice to see some color! 

  • Anonymous

    Uh oh, now they have to make “Sex and the City III”, so that Carrie can look fabulous in those gowns.

  • Anonymous

    OMG. I need that 3rd look skirt. J’adore everything… except the 2nd dress from the bottom.

  • Sarafina Angstadt-Leto

    I must admit, I am coveting that red houndstooth skirt

  • Seems a little dark and heavy for a spring collection. 

  • Anonymous

    TLo, please tell these designers to stop with all of the sheer skirts.  Thank you, I knew you could take care of it.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely gorgeous.  Definitely that old-school Grace Kelly/Audrey Hepburn aesthetic that I adore.  I love it all, but I think my favorite may be the grey/black/silver gown with the dotted/bow bodice.  Heaven.

  • WOW! I love the 3rd and 6th ones up from the bottom. I want someone to wear them to the Oscars!

  • Anonymous

    These are gorgeous!  Such elegance but all with a modern sensibility as well.  I don”t even mind the sheer, it’s done pretty well here.  I can”t help but think this is what Marchese WISHES they could do…..

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    IN LOVE with that first look. And I’m dying to see someone rock the black and gray polka dot gown on the RC.

  • Omg, how refreshingly beautiful after the Horror that was Atelier Versace yesterday. 

    I love the purple dresses, but everything is so chic and thoughtful. I love it. 

  • Astonishing. You’ve got your marching orders now, ladies; go get some ribs removed.
    Or, maybe just enjoy the pretty from afar.  ;^)

  • Anonymous

    These are very pretty and dramatic.  I love almost all the gowns, especially the coral and the white and grey one with the plaid effect).  Now  just need a life where those would be appropriate or even possible.  However, I could probably make that red houndstooth skirt work.  I really, really want that. 

  • I’ll take one of everything, thank you. The outfit with the red houndstooth skirt (#2) and the plaid-ish dress with the flowers (#14) are my favorites! All beautiful and timeless!

  • Anonymous

    Red houndstooth . . . S-to-the-WOON!

  • Anonymous

    I just said “that’s gorgeous” about 10 times!

  • Wow these are amazing.  I’m mentally Oscar-dressing various movie stars right now.

    Also, love the wave-like script (?) pattern on the third skirt, and very VERY envious of the hair dos (esp 5 and 10) as THAT is exactly what I try and coax my hair to do, but generally fail.