My all time favourite dress shape is the “Corolla” dress. With it’s feminine 50s silhouette, fitted top, emphasized waist and voluminous skirt, it flatters every woman. Most of my Corolla robes are by MAx & Co, as this particular style is part of their perennial line.
So where does the Corolla dress gets it’s name from? From no other than Monsieur Christian Dior. In 1947, Dior introduced the “New Look Corolla” line – featuring round shoulders, hourglass silhouette and A-line skirts, in seductive fabrics such as taffeta, satin and silk. After the austerity and the masculine fashion of the two world wars, Dior wanted to make women feel elegant and ultra feminine again.
Dior’s new look not only went on to revolutionise fashion for decades, the corolla became a time-less look. Raf Simmons, Dior’s current designer, paid homage to the corolla dress in his first Haute couture creations for Dior in 2012.
We were emerging from the period of war, of uniforms, of women-soldiers built like boxers. I drew women-flowers, soft shoulders, fine waists like liana and wide skirts like corolla. – Christian Dior
- Monochrome striped Corolla dress by Max & Co
- Straw bag by Miu Miu
- Espadrilles at TK Maxx
- Sunglasses by Prada