As I was watching Jean-Luc Godard’s A bout de souffle (1960), better known as Breathless in the UK and US, I heard one of the funniest lines, in my opinion, in cinematic history. Jean Paul Belmondo’s character, Michael Poiccard, is driving in Paris with Patricia Franchini, played by Jean Seberg. She looks at him and asks, "Will you buy me a Dior dress?" and he replies, "You can get a much nicer dress in a chain store. You don’t go to Dior to buy a dress, you go to use the telephone."
Well, the Parisian couture house must have changed over the past 48 years, because I think we all agree it would be much more exciting to buy a dress at Dior than use the telephone (hey, that would be pretty fun, too). Jean Seberg must have been a woman ahead of her time. Let’s see what she may have had in mind then, and what a Dior dress looks like fifty years later.
Mary Jane Russel in Dior Dress, 1950, by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Dior Square Neck Silk Dress, $349, on sale
Dior Leopard Dress, $2,985
Dior Jaquard Sheath Dress, $2,110
Dior Chiffon Bow Dress, $5,000
Dior Inverted Pleat Dress, $1,690
Dior Cap Sleeve Dress, $2,885
So, tomorrow, do as Jean Seberg did and ask your valentine, "Will you buy me a Dior dress?"
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