Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Dior plaque

I have walked past these plaques on a building in Auckland many times and have always wondered what Dior was doing here in our City, so far away from Paris.
So I did a little research and found that the Kingston building was the heart of ~ El Jay fashion house established by Gus Fisher.
Mr Fisher, who passed away in 2010, would travel to Paris and bring back the latest designs and fabrics creating elegant Pret A Porter garments.
He was proud to hold a license deal with Christian Dior manufacturing and selling Dior originals in New Zealand.

Christian Dior was quoted saying, "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

Happiness is the secret to all beauty. 
There is no beauty without happiness
~ Christian Dior

Hope that you are having a lovely week - almost time, to wish you a happy weekend


  1. Dear Carolyn,
    a lovely Post about Dior :O)
    Wihsing you a wonderful rest of the weekend too and a happy and great weekend, my dear friend!
    sending Love and hugs,
    Claudia xo

  2. It's always nice to found out a little bit of history you knew nothing about before. Good thing you decided to look into why those plaques were there. We sometimes walk by something over and over again never giving much thought. Hope your Thursday has been a good one. Best wishes, Tammy

  3. CAROLYN! HELLO! It's been a while since I've been here, and I hope you are well? Enjoying your fall/winter? I keep forgetting that friends on the other side of the globe are not enjoying summer like I am!

    Your blog looks wonderful. I love that teddy bear all alone in the header....I hope you are well my dear. Anita

  4. Hello Carolyn,
    What a great piece of history! Dior's clothes were superb.
    Big hug,

  5. What a delightful post, my dear :) It's so good to sop in for a visit as it has been way too long! Thank you for the lovely visit to my blog yesterday - I truly appreciate it.

    Hugs to you!

  6. When I was younger I wanted to be a fashion designer. Ahh, a young foolish girl's dream. Hee, hee, hee. This is very interesting. Now aren't you gald you know the history behind the plaques?

    I was thinking of you...Sorry my sweet friend, it has been a while. Hope you are doing well.


  7. Bonjour Carolyn!
    What a stunning post this morning. I just love the fashions of Christian Dior..
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  8. Helle, dear Carolyn,
    this was a wonderful trip into the world of big fashion! I think it's great that Mr. Fisher Dior fashion has brought to New Zealand! Thank you for your research!
    I wish you today a wonderful weekend!
    Dearest greetings and hugs,
    Traude XOX

  9. hi dear friend !! que bueno poder tener un plaque de Cristian Dior .. una pieza muy fina.buenas tardes

  10. Hi Dear Carolyn, What a beautiful plaque and even better to know the history you researched. Love the vintage pics and the quotes. Hope you are enjoying the season there and doing well. Wishing you a happy weekend sweet friend.
    Hugs and Blessings, cm

  11. Thank you for the interesting post about Dior.Happy week end to you.

  12. Sweet style to enjoy today.
    Fun to study up on this.

  13. Dearest Carolyn,
    Finally you did yourself a favor for finding out about that Dior plaque. One often wonders indeed and yours is a unique story to tell.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  14. Its a pleasure to visit your blog, i saw you thrue other bloggers...thanks for sharing...loves (ˆ◡ˆ)

  15. Blessings my lovely friend.
    Have a gorgeous weekend. Your blog postings always leave me smiling and happy Love Jeanne

  16. Happy Ria...x!

  17. Oh, I love to have bits from other far away (or not so far) Countries, Towns, Cultures...

    Everyday I take the subway when leaving work and I enter a Station through an entrance that is decorated like the Subway's Station Entrance at Pigalle in Paris. It makes me smile. A bit of Paris does that to you. It has a plaque saying that it was a gift from Paris to Lisbon and it is a work from Architect Hector Guimard. It's delightful to have those bits. At least for me. For a few moments we travel in mind and spirit and it lifts us up. And when we search about we end up lost in a world of information which I also love and crave.
    Hope all is well with you. Be Well,

  18. What a lovely story behind the Dior plaque!! Thanks for sharing!!!!
    I wish you a very nice weekend!!!!

  19. Good morning dearest Carolyn! Thank you for coming to visit! I hope your season is cozy and lovely? I keep forgetting that you are having the opposite of us....our July is lovely and I'm trying to stretch out my holidays to the hilt!

    Peace and goodness to you dear one! Anita

  20. It was so intersting to learn the history behind this plaque. The clothes Christian Dior designed were so elegant. Sarah x

  21. Carolyn, the Dior post was interesting. Love the styles back then, they were so elegant and classy. That emerald dress is stunning, and it's mine and yours birthstone. :~) I wish we had those styles today, I can't find anything cute to wear these days.

    Have a peaceful weekend, dear Carolyn.

    love, ~Sheri

    ps thank you for the birthday wishes for Nel. I can't believe she's 34!

  22. Hello Carolyn, such an interesting post and how elegant the ladies looked back then. Thank you for the lovely comment left on my blog yesterday. Hugs Barbara x

  23. Carolyn ... what an interesting post to read. Didn't the ladies look so elegant.

    I do think many 'dress down' too much in these modern times - perhaps I'm just getting that little bit older!

    Hope you have a lovely week.

    All the best Jan

  24. Dear Carolyon
    Thank you very much for the interesting post.
    I wish you happy rest of the week and send you a lot of greetings from Switzerland.
    Love and hugs Yvonne

  25. Amazing history!
    Love these pics!


  26. Thank you dear Carolyn, your visits always make me smile... So happy you enjoyed viewing Miette..

  27. Somehow the comment you sent got lost before being published. The smell of dead seagull must have been awful! Sarah x

  28. Timeless classics. My goodness, those ladies look so elegant! It's always wonderful to discover a little bit of interesting history. Hope you're having a fine week!

  29. Interesting post Carolyn! Dior is such a classic. I can just imagine the clothing creations coming in after the War.. something beautiful that was much needed:)



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