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Cocktail ensembles from the Paris collections of Spring 1951, photo by Russell. From left to right: a plated dress by Lanvin-Castillo, coat and dress by Jean Dessès, slim black dress by Christian Dior, pink satin by Balenciaga and Bettina in Jacques Fath. The men are all actors

Cocktail ensembles from the Paris collections of Spring 1951, photo by Russell. From left to right: a plated dress by Lanvin-Castillo, coat and dress by Jean Dessès, slim black dress by Christian Dior, pink satin by Balenciaga and Bettina in Jacques Fath. The men are all actors

Evening ensembles from the Paris collections of 1951. Left to right: model in pink and aubergine satin by Schiaparelli, model in lace by Balenciaga, Bettina in green satin by Jacques Fath and model in wine velvet by Jean Dessès

Evening ensembles from the Paris collections of 1951. Left to right: model in pink and aubergine satin by Schiaparelli, model in lace by Balenciaga, Bettina in green satin by Jacques Fath and model in wine velvet by Jean Dessès

Dior 1947 vintage designer couture fashion dress wool long sleeve avant sheath hip accent unique 40s 50s models magazine black

Dior 1947 vintage designer couture fashion dress wool long sleeve avant sheath hip accent unique 40s 50s models magazine black

1959's Evening shoes: Nos.16 & 17 by Charles Jourdan; 11,13,14,15 & 18 by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior; 10 & 12 by Durer, photo by Philippe Pottier.

1959's Evening shoes: Nos.16 & 17 by Charles Jourdan; 11,13,14,15 & 18 by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior; 10 & 12 by Durer, photo by Philippe Pottier.

1950 Model in black and white tweed coat and skirt with large otter fur-lined collar and two large pockets by Jacques Griffe, photo by Pottier,

1950 Model in black and white tweed coat and skirt with large otter fur-lined collar and two large pockets by Jacques Griffe, photo by Pottier,

China Machado in Dior’s airiest silk dress with lace ruffles worn with black taffeta stole Paris studio, August 1959 Richard Avedon

China Machado in Dior’s airiest silk dress with lace ruffles worn with black taffeta stole Paris studio, August 1959 Richard Avedon