1950’s hourglass chic feted at Paris fashion museum

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A visitor looks at vintage dresses by designers Christian Dior, Jacques Heim and Givenchy presented in the exhibition "Les Annees 50, La mode en France" at the Palais Galliera fashion museum in ParisBy Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) – When Christian Dior introduced his debut haute couture collection in February 1947, the meters of fabric spilling over the models’ hips in swirls of fine wool, silk and tulle were nothing short of a fashion revolution. His emblematic creations ushered in “the most luxurious and radiant” decade in women’s fashion, according to Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera fashion museum, which presents “The 50s – Fashion in France, 1947-1957” beginning on Saturday in Paris. Drawing on the museum’s extensive archive of garments and accessories, the exposition stars not only Dior but also such greats as Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Hubert de Givenchy. Along with them are less familiar though no less important names like Jacques Fath and Jacques Heim.