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The hat atelier

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The hats of the Fall-Winter 1957 collection, hung on the walls of the creative studio.

“Madame Bricard is one of those increasingly rare people who quite simply live for elegance”
Christian Dior, Christian Dior, 1956
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In his office, Christian Dior is making a selection of ties, with his faithful advisor and muse, Mizza Bricard.

Mizza Bricard was a close friend of Christian Dior who had worked for the house of Molyneux. A lover of flowers and the embodiment of “chic,” “Madame Bricard is one of those increasingly rare people who quite simply live for elegance,” wrote the couturier in his memoirs.


Mizza Bricard, circa 1949.

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Military high command

Madame Bricard, Madame Raymonde, and Madame Marguerite formed the studio’s military high command, without whom Christian Dior could not function. They were the first to see the hundreds of sketches that the designer brought back from his country retreat, which formed the seeds of the collection.

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Christian Dior, seated in the center, is accompanied by Mizza Bricard  and Raymonde Zehnacker (both on his right side). They are looking attentively at a look on which Madame Marguerite is making alterations during the dress rehearsal of the Fall-Winter 1957 collection, in the presentation salon.

In 1947, the hats were designed by Maud Roser, but, the following year, an in-house hat workshop was established, overseen by Mizza Bricard. Christian Dior’s sketches often included a hint of their form, for he considered hats the element that “achieves proportion” in the silhouette. So, the designer who had started out in 1935 as a hat illustrator believed that a collection could not be presented without them.

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Mizza Bricard selecting a hat for one of the looks of the Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1957 collection under Christian Dior's watchful gaze.

Long conversations unfolded with Madame Bricard in front of the “sparteries,” which, like the toiles for the dresses, served to create the initial shape of the hats, before the details were defined.

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