The New LookThe first collection presented in spring 1947 with its revolutionary Corolla and Figure eight lines, established the unfurling hourglass silhouette which became known as the New Look. The LineWith collections spanning 1947-1957 , Christian Dior developed a series of distinct lines that informed the silhouette of his designs. The Zig-zag, Tulip, Oblique, H and Y lines are just a few of these defining shapes.The FlowerChristian Dior used the flower as an inspiration to structure his garments and as a motif to embellish the surfaces with rich detail and patterns. His designs often took the three-dimensional form of flowers such as the tulip, rose and lily-of-the-valley. Ever since, the flower has remained a recurrent theme for the designs created by the House of Dior.The Eighteenth CenturyChristian Dior was enamoured with the history of the eighteenth century. He and Dior’s successive designers have taken inspiration from the period’s exaggerated fashion silhouettes, the architecture, decorative arts and embroidered silks of the time.