Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Gift of Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1955
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 962
The designer set exacting tasks for his embroiderer, Rebé. The embroidery is set in a nuanced spacing of elements with the densest application at the waist, thinning as it falls away to the hem. This seemingly organic application, simulating a diminishment in nature, is further enhanced by Rebé's repertoire of embroidery stitches to create a dimensionality of the surface. The effect is optically then like a meadow's variegation.