One doesn't have to dig deeper than Christian Dior's archives to know what glamour looks like. The designer launched his eponymous French fashion house with much-needed dose of elegance after World War II, debuting his "New Look" in 1947 when he was only 42 years old.
Upon first seeing the now-iconic silhouette -- nipped-in waist, protruding bust line and voluminous skirt -- Harper's Bazaar editor Carmel Snow happily exclaimed, "It's quite a revolution, dear Christian! Your dresses have such a new look!" Even though the cumbersome ensemble didn't stay in vogue past the 1960s, we can still see plenty of references to the trendsetting midcentury style in Dior's dresses today. (Hello, Jennifer Lawrence!)
In celebration of what would've been Dior's 109th birthday today (Jan. 21), we're taking a look back at the indelible mark he left on glamour back in the '40s and '50s with his "New Look."