Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965
Not on view
After the death of Christian Dior and the sudden retirement of his successor Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan served as head designer for Christian Dior for more than three decades. In his early Dior collections, Bohan's work recalled the designs of Dior from the 1950s, featuring luxury textiles, as in this example, and emphasizing a feminine silhouette. In his subsequent work, he sought to bring Dior into the present, contending with the rising hemline and more androgynous silhouette of the later 1960s. Bohan's garments at the Brooklyn Museum show his ability to keep Dior current and relevant during decade of sweeping transformation in fashion and increasing competition from new designers.