Avoir la taille bien prise

John Galliano presented his Spring 2011 Couture Collection for Christian Dior in Paris yesterday. It was pure homage to Dior’s New Look with tiny waists and full skirts that transformed fashion in the 1947. Galliano was appointed to head the House of Dior in 1996. His inspiration for this collection was apparently fashion drawings done for Dior advertising posters. For day, Galliano favored deep crimson and gray, or neutral ensembles. For evening, he turned to cascades of pastel tulle. The reviews are glowing; it’s a collection of the finest quality.

Today’s expression, avoir la taille bien prise, (avwar la tie beN preez) literally means “to have the waist well taken,” but figuratively means “to have a good figure.” I’m quite certain that I’d have a much better figure in Dior Couture.

Little Dictionary of Fashion, by Christian Dior

Dior by Dior

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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3 Responses to Avoir la taille bien prise

  1. Trendy Treat says:

    This is classic Dior, exquisite!

  2. Eliza McFeely says:

    I would totally teach in this. Where can we get them?

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