Mark Shaw, Elizabeth Taylor in the Soirée à Rio dress, Spring-Summer 1961 Haute Couture collection
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Right from when it first opened its doors, the House of Dior has always been a favorite of the goddesses of the silver screen, winning them over with bold and graceful designs that bolster their star status. Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, and Olivia de Havilland very quickly chose Christian Dior as the couturier who could best convey the Hollywood dream. The Dior creations form the different facets of magnificent femininity, embodied on red carpets right round the world by Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Isabelle Adjani, Monica Bellucci, and Sharon Stone.

The decidedly modern House of Dior also dresses the younger generation of actresses, who serve as the new faces of Dior: Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Marion Cotillard, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Rihanna, and Felicity Jones. The House of Dior’s close relationship with the movie world is also illustrated by the hundred or so films it features in, made by famous directors such as Luis Buñuel, Stanley Donen, Terence Young, Jean-Luc Godard, Charlie Chaplin, François Truffaut, Costa-Gavras, Claude Lelouch, Pedro Almodovar, and Woody Allen.

Christopher Polk, Jennifer Lawrence receiving the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, 2013
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The Dior outfits worn by queens, princesses, and first ladies have given us seventy years of legendary images. The Duchess of Windsor, Princess Margaret, Jackie Kennedy, Farah Diba, Grace of Monaco, and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy have all helped to spread the influence of the Dior style of French elegance throughout the world. As for Lady Diana, she will forever be linked to the House of Dior. In December 1996, the Princess of Wales wore a daring negligee dress at the gala event held by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. On her arm was the Lady Dior bag. Named in her honor, the bag made her an undisputable icon of fashion.

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