The French Revolution in Fashion – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

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When Christian Dior died in 1957, after 10 years in which the West happily heeled to his whiplash fashion decrees, a replacement was already in the wings, the 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent. His first collection for Dior, Spring 1958, was a leap into the void called “Trapeze.” Shaped like a space capsule—a cone widening outward toward the hem—Trapeze was waistless, a far cry from the corseted hourglass that launched…

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