Over 70 years have passed since Monsieur Christian Dior presented his very first haute couture collection at his couture House’s emblematic address, 30, Avenue Montaigne in Paris. His collection, destined for Spring Summer 1947 was an immediate success, and paved the way for his ‘New Look’ – Dior silhouettes that embodied a cinched waist with skirts that were full, and short, and looked very modern for their times. Dior quickly became the favourite of Hollywood stars like Ava Gardner and Marlene Dietrich, besides royalty.Backstage with Dior at the FW21 show - Photo by Inès Manai
The address of Dior’s Maison also lent its name to the must-have bag by Christian Dior (essentially a flap bag that with the famous ‘CD’ clasp), and the 30 Montaigne sunglasses – inspired by this iconic bag – reaffirm their resolutely Dior style in new iterations designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and unveiled at the House’s Fall-Winter 2020-2021 ready-to-wear fashion show.Ivory 30 Montaigne sunglasses by Dior
The square, 70s-style frames, punctuated by the iconic ‘CD’ signature (it reflects the golden ‘CD’ clasp as its signature hinge at the temples), are now available in ivory, black or tortoiseshell-inspired versions. Embellished with a fine gold-finish edging, lenses tinted in captivating shades of burgundy, blue, or grey complete the couture look. The sunglasses offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection for the eyes.Dior's 30 Montaigne sunglasses in a tortoiseshell look A pair of black 30 Montaigne sunglasses by Dior
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