Left: Alice Austen, June 1888.Photograph by Captain Oswald Muller. Courtesy of the Staten Island Historical Society.Right Christian Lacroix for Schiaparelli. Scanned from Vogue September 2013.

Left: Alice Austen, June 1888.Photograph by Captain Oswald Muller. Courtesy of the Staten Island Historical Society.Right Christian Lacroix for Schiaparelli. Scanned from Vogue September 2013.

(left) Gwili Andre, 1932. Photograph: Cecil Beaton. (right) Kate Moss at the Ritz, Paris. Photographer: Tim Walker, Styling: Grace Coddington. Scanned from Vogue, April, 2012.

(left) Gwili Andre, 1932. Photograph: Cecil Beaton. (right) Kate Moss at the Ritz, Paris. Photographer: Tim Walker, Styling: Grace Coddington. Scanned from Vogue, April, 2012.

(left) “Solitude,” from French journal of political satire Le Témoin [The Witness], created and illustrated by Paul Iribe, 1933-1935. source (right) Chelsea Brown illustration, 2012. via trendland.

(left) “Solitude,” from French journal of political satire Le Témoin [The Witness], created and illustrated by Paul Iribe, 1933-1935. source (right) Chelsea Brown illustration, 2012. via trendland.

(left) Cornelis de Vos  (Flemish, Hulst 1584/85–1651 Antwerp), Portrait of a Young Woman, Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accession Number: 71.46. (right) Jacques Fath (Designed in America for Joseph Halpert), Lord & Taylor ad, published September 1952. Special Collections and FIT Archives.

(left) Cornelis de Vos  (Flemish, Hulst 1584/85–1651 Antwerp), Portrait of a Young Woman, Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accession Number: 71.46. (right) Jacques Fath (Designed in America for Joseph Halpert), Lord & Taylor ad, published September 1952. Special Collections and FIT Archives.

(right) “The Black and White Idea”, Vogue, April 1, 1950, front cover; photographer: Irving Penn. (left)VogueKorea, 15th anniversary special issue, August 2011. source: fiercerthanyou.com

(right) “The Black and White Idea”, Vogue, April 1, 1950, front cover; photographer: Irving Penn. (left)VogueKorea, 15th anniversary special issue, August 2011. source: fiercerthanyou.com

(left) The Quest for Beauty in Dahomey: A Photographic Essay by Irving Penn.Vogue. Dec 01,1967. Source: Vogue Digital Archive. (right) Suno, Fall 2009. http://www.sunony.com/

(left) The Quest for Beauty in Dahomey: A Photographic Essay by Irving Penn.Vogue. Dec 01,1967. Source: Vogue Digital Archive. (right) Suno, Fall 2009. http://www.sunony.com/

(left) Dinner Dress, Fall/Winter 1949-1950. MET, accession: 1989. 130.1ab. (right) Haute Couture Fall 2012, House of Dior, designer: Raf Simons. Image source: style.com
I’ve put together this special Then & Now as a tribute to Raf Simons, who is, in my opinion, one of the most important living designers. His debut collection stays true to the legacy of the House of Dior but offers an impressive personal interpretation. Although the cuts, silhouettes, prints, and fabric treatments heavily relay on the house’s archive, they seem refreshing and new- this is where is strength and talent truly shine.

(left) Dinner Dress, Fall/Winter 1949-1950. MET, accession: 1989. 130.1ab. (right) Haute Couture Fall 2012, House of Dior, designer: Raf Simons. Image source: style.com

I’ve put together this special Then & Now as a tribute to Raf Simons, who is, in my opinion, one of the most important living designers. His debut collection stays true to the legacy of the House of Dior but offers an impressive personal interpretation. Although the cuts, silhouettes, prints, and fabric treatments heavily relay on the house’s archive, they seem refreshing and new- this is where is strength and talent truly shine.

(left) evening gown, Sprin/Summer 1983. House of Dior, designer: Marc Bohan. Image source: FIDM (right) Haute Couture Fall 2012, House of Dior, designer: Raf Simons. Image source: style.com
I’ve put together this special Then & Now as a tribute to Raf Simons, who is, in my opinion, one of the most important living designers. His debut collection stays true to the legacy of the House of Dior but offers an impressive personal interpretation. Although the cuts, silhouettes, prints, and fabric treatments heavily relay on the house’s archive, they seem refreshing and new- this is where is strength and talent truly shine.

(left) evening gown, Sprin/Summer 1983. House of Dior, designer: Marc Bohan. Image source: FIDM (right) Haute Couture Fall 2012, House of Dior, designer: Raf Simons. Image source: style.com

I’ve put together this special Then & Now as a tribute to Raf Simons, who is, in my opinion, one of the most important living designers. His debut collection stays true to the legacy of the House of Dior but offers an impressive personal interpretation. Although the cuts, silhouettes, prints, and fabric treatments heavily relay on the house’s archive, they seem refreshing and new- this is where is strength and talent truly shine.

(left) Dress, 1960. House of Dior, designer: Yves Saint Laurent.  V&A accession: T.127 to B-1974. (right) Haute Couture Fall 2012, House of Dior, designer: Raf Simons. Image source: style.com
I’ve put together this special Then & Now as a tribute to Raf Simons, who is, in my opinion, one of the most important living designers. His debut collection stays true to the legacy of the House of Dior but offers an impressive personal interpretation. Although the cuts, silhouettes, prints, and fabric treatments heavily relay on the house’s archive, they seem refreshing and new- this is where is strength and talent truly shine.

(left) Dress, 1960. House of Dior, designer: Yves Saint Laurent.  V&A accession: T.127 to B-1974. (right) Haute Couture Fall 2012, House of Dior, designer: Raf Simons. Image source: style.com

I’ve put together this special Then & Now as a tribute to Raf Simons, who is, in my opinion, one of the most important living designers. His debut collection stays true to the legacy of the House of Dior but offers an impressive personal interpretation. Although the cuts, silhouettes, prints, and fabric treatments heavily relay on the house’s archive, they seem refreshing and new- this is where is strength and talent truly shine.

(left) Vogue, January 1949, Christian Dior suit (right) Haute Couture Fall 2012, House of Dior, designer: Raf Simons. Image source: style.com
I’ve put together this special Then & Now as a tribute to Raf Simons, who is, in my opinion, one of the most important living designers. His debut collection stays true to the legacy of the House of Dior but offers an impressive personal interpretation. Although the cuts, silhouettes, prints, and fabric treatments heavily relay on the house’s archive, they seem refreshing and new- this is where is strength and talent truly shine.

(left) Vogue, January 1949, Christian Dior suit (right) Haute Couture Fall 2012, House of Dior, designer: Raf Simons. Image source: style.com

I’ve put together this special Then & Now as a tribute to Raf Simons, who is, in my opinion, one of the most important living designers. His debut collection stays true to the legacy of the House of Dior but offers an impressive personal interpretation. Although the cuts, silhouettes, prints, and fabric treatments heavily relay on the house’s archive, they seem refreshing and new- this is where is strength and talent truly shine.