Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cocktail dress

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris)
Date:
spring/summer 1958
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, synthetic
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965
Accession Number:
2009.300.365
Not on view
Part of Yves Saint Laurent's challenge in taking over as the head designer at Dior involved maintaining the feminine designs for the house was known, while simultaneously looking ahead. With this day dress, Saint Laurent referenced the New Look silhouette with a belt to emphasize the waist, but the dress itself is smock-like, much looser than Dior's designs. The use of a printed chiffon makes the dress even softer. Saint Laurent later used the peasant-blouse bodice paired with a wide cummerbund belt to acclaim for his own label in the 1970s.
Marking: Label: "Printemps-Été 1958/Christian Dior/Paris/Made in France/92874"
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