It was the spring of 1955 that french couture designer Christian Dior reintroduced the A-line dress in a gray wool man inspired suit with a jacket and full, pleated skirt. An A-line skirt or dress is smaller at the waist than at the hem and resembles the shape of a capital letter A. This silhouette has been around for a while but it wasn't until Dior, that is was fully developed and trending. Vogue called it, "the most wanted silhouette in Paris and the prettiest triangle sine Pythagoras."
The A-line skirt was seen in Dior's 1947 "New Look" collection. This collection was very feminine, had narrow waists, and a more fuller, sweeping A-line skirts with full underskirts. Even though the "New Look" was a hit, women sought out a more simple design and style like designer Coco Chanel's at the time. His fuller A-line skirts were transformed into simpler and smaller designs. It became even more popular when Jackie O started wearing them when she was first lady of the United States in the 60s.
|Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis|
In 1958, Dior’s successor, 21 year old Yves Saint Laurent, updated the A-line with his first collection, the trapeze line. It consisted of triangular shape dresses that flared outward from narrow, fitted shoulders to a shorter, wider hemline just above the knee.
|Right and left pictures: A dress from the trapeze collection|
Middle picture: Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent on left,
The A-line and trapeze line became popular in the 60s and 70s. This style and silhouette is flattering on all body types, comes in many different lengths, and is a classic wardrobe staple.
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