1947. After a decade of short skirts and rationed fabric, Dior made a skirt that came to define the silhouette known as the "New Look." A full skirt with an impossibly narrow wasp-like waist.
Yards upon yards of fabric was sewn into knife pleats over a heavily padded underskirt. This dress, "Cherise", used THIRTEEN YARDS of silk. Some "New Look" skirts used nearly twenty yards of fabric.
Imagine the weight. And the time. Can you see all those tiny hand stitches at the waist? Knife pleats like feathers.