Top five posts of 2013: Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior



Before we jump into 2014, let's reconsider the best of 2013. For the next five days, we're going to revisit our top content of this year, beginning with today's post on Balenciaga and Dior. Ranking at number five, this post was first published on January 21, 2013. Amazingly, both Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior were born on January 21. Born in 1895 and 1905, respectively, these two designers rank among the most revered names of the haute couture.


Two of the twentieth-century's greatest couturiers were born today, January 21. In 1895, Cristobal Balenciaga was born in Getaria, Spain. Ten years later, Christian Dior was born in Granville, Normandy, France. In addition to sharing a birthday, Balenciaga and Dior were both masters of their craft, creating extraordinary garments and influencing generations of designers. In celebration of their respective birthdays, careers and legacy, we're sharing previously unseen images of each designer's work.

Blue balenciagaCristobal Balenciaga
Silk matelassé
Transfer from the Museum at FIT

To see other Cristobal Balenciaga pieces from our collection, click here.

White diorChristian Dior
c. 1955
Silk satin
Gift of Mary Coquillard

To see other Christian Dior pieces in the FIDM Museum collection, click here.


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