Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture Collection

Posted on January 22, 2013


Inspired by gardens and rebirth, the Dior spring Couture collection is, as they say, a breathe of fresh air.  There’s a little bit of playing with shape and silhouettes, but for the most part, the looks are ultra-feminine, in a girly, flower-y, springtime kind of way. Pretty with a twist. Start your fantasy shopping, ladies. Who cares if you have no place to wear Couture? It’s all about the dream.




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  • gabbilevy

    Some weird frankendresses here and there, but otherwise really, really lovely.

    • Ms. Schmidt

      I agree.  And there’s that tulip top (with orange cummerbund-type thing) that has me perplexed and a bit worried for the model.

      • Don Hackett

        the middle look in the ninth row is the one that has me wondering.  i hope we won’t be seeing one of these on juliana moore.  she loves her some frankendresses.  

        • alyce1213

          1st row, third dress; 3rd row, middle dress; 6th, 7th, 8th rows . . . Frankendresses galore for Julianne!

    • DaveJeje

      I LOVE the acid yellow-green dress, really unwearable but really a fashion statement  and the color makes it really attention whore in a fantastic way 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I’d like to see the look on Marion Cotillard’s face if they try to make her wear the dress with the sheer fabric the goes right over her vagina.

    • Sobaika

      I can actually see it. Quite a few of these are very similar to the Zuhair Murad she wore recently, and she was big on the sheer skirt trend in the beginning.

  • MzzPants

    I’m not loving this.  Much of it seems awkward and ill-fitting to me and since the house of Dior certainly knows how to fit, I can only assume this is intentional.  Plus there’s enough split personality dresses to keep Julianne Moore clothed for the whole season.  Am I missing something here?

  • Annabelle Archer

    Somewhere in the world Keira Knightly is maxing out her Black card.

    Some of these were quite breathtaking.

  • Someone box that suit up and send it to Evan Rachel Wood immeadiately

  • sk8tfan

    Hit or miss. I like a few of these. The black and white stripe in the third row is dramatic and flattering. Many of the white numbers look like unusually long hospital gowns.

    • RebeccaKW

       That one is really the only one I liked. 

      The mint pants in the 5th row are horrible.

    • littlemac8

      I imagined Marian C in that dress at the Oscars!

    • “Hit or miss” is exactly the phrase that came to my mind. Some very ugly sleeves and necklines, and some really insufferable ugliness, as if the designer took a pair of scissors to the hemline. And yet, some really gorgeous, swoony pieces.

    • Elaine Lang

       That dress is very interesting.   I’ll take that one and the fab black pantsuit, you can all fight over the rest….

  • Rand Ortega

    Love. Even the wonky bits (look 18).

  • pattyw

    Third row, left; 13th row, left — please ship. 

    • pdxmcollie

      I’d also take 2nd row, left.

    •  Those are my two favourites, too. The rest I’m kind of meh on and I usually really love Dior.

    • random_poster

      Yup. Those are gorgeous.

  • Trisha26

    Love the B&W striped bodice gown and the black strapless flared dress over the knee length skirt. But seriously – even for couture what’s with the hein shoes & hideous colored hose/tights? (Love the swimming cap brides tho…lol!)

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I really love that top look although I don’t know why since I’m not even remotely girly.   I also like the shoes a lot — I can’t tell from any of the pictures what kind of heel they have,  but they don’t look like stilts (which is all good in my book).

  • crash1212

    I have to say…not loving it…AT ALL. The only look I responded to in any sort of positive way is the 3rd panel, left – and I don’t totally love it. Not a fan of all the playing with volume or the styling of many of the looks. The textiles are beautiful, of course, just not crazy about what’s being done with them. Big old miss for me.

  • PastryGoddess

    That middle dress on the bottom row is screaming for Marion Cotillard to wear it.

  • I don’t care for the color story, and three rows down, I was already bored with the strapless dresses.  That said, there are a couple of gorgeous gowns in the collection, including that very interesting yellow gown.

  • There’re mostly gorgeous pieces here. However, this Dior collection is NOT my favourite.

  • watchmeboogie

    Meh. The odd-shaped yellow one is the only one I thought was interesting.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I liked the red short strapless, it looks like a Matisse painting.

  • ojosazules

    I wish asshole had kept his fucking mouth shut. Damn it. Still.

    • Synnamin

       It really sucks when geniuses turn out to be total dicks 🙁 Can we transplant his vision into a kinder person, please?

  • Michael Wilson

    Not into this at all. Seems like a lot of tired silhouettes and throw everything at it and see if it sticks looks. Not worthy of the Dior brand.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

       Agreed. I kept going ‘eh.’

      • l_c_ann

        My visceral reply was much stronger than ‘eh’ when the bubble skirts appeared. 

  • shopgirl716

    I would love to see these in person.  Each dress is a work of art.

  • I would LOVE to see the gown with the bedazzled sleeves on the RC this season. I don’t know who could pull it off exactly, but I would emit squeals of delight if I saw it!

    • Jean Dandois

      I totally thought Cate Blanchett on that one.

  • guest2visits

    Now I’m convinced that a short haircut must always have a red lip and cat-eye liner; so chic!
    Some very pretty dresses and then a lot of weird stuff.

  • MilaXX

    the flower tops are ugly and that yellow gown is just plain weird, otherwise it’s a very pretty collection

    • MoHub

       I actually thought the model had caught the skirt of the yellow gown on something before she hit the runway, and it tore horizontally, with no time to fix it. The fact that it’s deliberate disturbs me.

    • kimmeister

      Yeah, that yellow one stood out in a bad way to me too, as well as the pink and orange monstrosity (with the orange tights).

  • j_anson

    As a fashion newbie, I feel like I hit a milestone here: I clicked into this and scrolled down without looking at the title, and after a few rows I thought, “this is Dior, right?” Yay! I can recognize one [really famous easy to identify] label just by looking at the pieces!

  • StellaZafella

    Black suit, second row, center, my closet, now! We’ll discuss terms of diet and exercise later.
    The rest is not my taste, but I’m having fun mind-dressing other people…some of this is really pretty, and that’s a hard word to use without sarcasm these days!

  • EEKstl

    There is a lot here I love, but not wild about the silhouettes of some.  I’m especially in love with the first black cocktail dress with the chartreuse leaves and the sleeveless gown with the chartreuse and pink flowers.  And the strapless black confetti dress two away from that. J’adore.

  • understateddiva

    I like the fact that these look both fun and expensive.  In imaginary couture world, I’m wearing the yellow one that has the ridiculous cutout with half a masquerade mask to a ball.

  • conniemd

    I’m trying to figure out that gold outfit that looks like the seams ripped out of the bottom skirt of the dress and it is falling down on her as she walks

  • Anathema_Device

    I really love some of these pieces. The suits, in particular. 

    • PinkLemon

       yes, the separates win.

  • Kate4queen

    I’ll take the first dress, second from last row please. I like the dresses but very little else, it looks a bit over-worked to me, maybe better as individual pieces?

  • Gener1c

    Is it just me, or do these models look emaciated, even for thin models?  I can’t see the clothes because of it …

  • 10th row right looks to me less like flowers and more like octopus suckers. And I mean that in the best possible way:  tentacle dress FTW!!!

  • Anniebet

    Drooling over the stripey gown, third row left. Second row right black strapless is nice, without the pencil underskirt and the orange silliness on the legs. Flower peplums have me giggling.

  • I hate the post Galliano Dior!!! awfull! 

  • unbornfawn

    A lovely collection.

  • Are they only dressing Fannings now?

  • Synnamin

    This collection leaves me cold. Lots of Frankendresses, and dresses with thick, stiff, uncomfortable fabrics. Pass

  • kategs

    seriously want that red coat!

  • barbarienne

    Third row, left, is the only one that really blows me away. The rest are good in different ways, with the creativity sometimes crossing into weird, but this is couture, not catalog, so fine, get weird.

  • I want the last blue dress in the 11th row for my fantasy prom or homecoming

  • BrooklynBomber

    Hmmm. I don’t know. I kind of feel like we’ve seen a lot of it, and the stuff that’s new is shaped strangely.  But I’d like the red pants sent on over in my size. Please.

  • Louise Bryan

    My fantasy dress?  Third row left, the semi-vertical stripes with the generous hem length.  That one flew straight to my heart.

  • AllegraS

    Just bring John Galliano back. That’s all. Every single design looks like pushed through a narrow funnel at the wrong end.

  • Sweetvegan

    In some of these looks, I’m just too distracted by the tights/shoes (coral in the 2nd row; chartreuse in the 4th row, etc.) What’s going on there? Is that an all-in-one shoe with tights attached? It wouldn’t be the first time it’s been done, but it’s usually more obvious. Could it be separate tights and mules, and the front of the mules are just very small? There are a lot with that look, but when it’s all black (1st row), it looks like they probably just wore black tights & black shoes. But not with the coral or the chartruese legs.
    The clothes? There are a few awkward pieces, but overall, gorgeous! Especially the gown with the stripes in the 3rd row.

  • The white gown with black stripes, 3rd row, left, is TOTALLY going to show up on some red carpet, soon.  Just stunning.  I can see Anne Hathaway bringing her couture chops to that one.

  • Derek_anny

    I actually kind of like the frankendress in the 10th row.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go check my temperature.

  • bertkeeter

    Some good, some great, some bad! Not sure about the two papaya shaped mid calf dresses? At probably $350,000 a piece …not sure that is what a true couture customer is searching for!

  • Ew. Clunky dresses in fugly colors. This is just  not for me at all. 

  • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

    Get over Galliano, guys. I am loving the direction Raf takes Dior.

  • Vanja

    Not my cup of tea. There are some very weird things going on with the proportions of most of the clothes.

  • RzYoung

    Arg, just when I’m thinking about growing out my pixie cut and this comes along to weaken my resolve! 

  • Mightiadd

    There are some truly beautiful dresses this time around.  But there are a lot more odd (as opposed to unique) and unflattering outfits, with a lot of repetition.  The fit seems off too, but it’s difficult to imagine how some of those dresses are supposed to fit anyway.  And some of those embroideries look like parasites from a sci-fi movie.

  • Meh.

  • Valerie Jones

    Sorry, guys, I’ll take the (quite unremarkable and standard) black suit and that red coat, and the rest can go in the bin. Sheer trash bags and heavy satin covered with wet leaves and craft-store insects. Angly strappy shoes are fine, but hello!! where are the red ones?  Maybe I’m just not feeling springy yet…

  • Kathy_Marlow

    The only one of the dresses I truly like is the cream with the black lines/piping whatever that treatment is.  That is beautiful.  I like most of the lady pants as well. 

  • Pennymac

    1. I need a new life in which I can wear these.
    2. I need a new job in which I can afford these.
    3. Therefore, one of each, please.

    • Pennymac

      The shoes, too!

  • lalahartma


  • 2nd row, 3rd dress would look fabulous with my giant British hat for a spring wedding.

  • quiltrx

    As usual for me with Dior, I like most of it and love some of it.  And a few pieces make me shake my head and say, “that is NOT very Dior.”

    But third row, first look…the black and white stripes?  I would gladly cut ALL you bitches for that dress and a place to wear it!  It’s absolutely magical.

  • mmc2315

    Oh, I don’t know…looking at this collection, I hear my mother’s voice, “Dear.  If the clothes are making the MODELS look hippy….”


  • Beardslee

    black and white gown is just lovely.  Not a fan of the dresses with the wonky hems.
    I would wear a lot of this if I were living a completely different life.

  • Beverly Kozma

    Right, that yellow dress needs a thigh window.  Ridiculousness!  May I also say how much I hate the trend of black tights with spring dresses?

  • annrr

    Hands down # 7 the black and white is my dream dress. I have always loved that shape thanks to playing with Vintage Barbies growing up.  

  • Alyssa Stanfield

    For the most part, I really like this collection. I’m currently really into floral gowns (Lucy Liu!), so the last couple rows are my faves. I would so wear one of those to the grocery store if I were ever lucky enough to own one!

  • With the exception of the white dress with the black stripes (first dress on the 3rd row), and the gowns in the last two rows, I’m not really feeling this collection. Too many weird shapes and silhouettes.

  • Eh.  Not feeling this at all.  A few good looks in a sea of mediocrity and even downright fug.  Hope the house of Dior can get it’s act back together, this doesn’t bode well for the future.

  • That black lady suit is an awesome black lady suit. I also love that middle dress, fourth from the top.

  • suzq

    My sons’ favorite TV show is Adventure Time.  I’m envisioning a time…20 years into the future…when at some geek wedding the bride will walk down the aisle wearing a Finn hat…much like the hoods in this show.  It will be lovely and I will cry geek tears of joy.

    Until then, I would applaud if some famous bride would allow for colorful flowers to adorn her blindingly white wedding dress. 

  • snowy_owl_000

    I can totally see Zooey Deschanel in the first dresses in the 2nd and 3rd row.

  • kolokOlchik

    I am sorry, but some of these dresses look like Project Runway rejects to me

  • PaulaBerman

    Seafoam pants, fifth row down on right– crazy pants! Horrors.

  • Esz

    Eh – I’m not that fussed with the ‘new’ Dior – Galliano is a dick but he designed nice dresses. These are all over the shop. I say hire Zac Posen for the top job and see what he comes up with…

  • The embroidery seems to be doing the heavy lifting, otherwise, it’s a pretty collection with nothing too memorable. I am quite sure the Dior PR ppl are pushing this as modern couture.

  • Eh. Some of the dresses I loved, but overall this is a bit of a hot mess. Especially when you hit around row five and start to see some of the unflattering silhouettes with the random fabric tacked on to look like flowers. I think that there are also some very odd color combinations that aren’t working for me, such as the dresses that are on the third row up from the bottom. 

  • altermyego

    Fourth row up from the bottom, the brown dress with the yellow dots and the navy dress with multi-colored dots, I can totally see Emmy Rossum in either of those although I think the navy dress needs straps like the brown dress. Love the length on the brown dress too. Both are gorgeous to my eyes.