Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
silk, nylon, glass, metallic
Gift of Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1955
Not on view
Not since the House of Worth in the Belle Époque has a designer carries a love of the barely perceived detail to such extravagant extreme. A veil of tulle dulls the shimmer of the satin ground but then is embellished with a scalloped web of silver seed beads and pendant crystals. Excess and obsession govern the selection of ornamental elements. The waist is emphasized as the point of convergence of the scallops; in the bodice, the swags drop down; on the skirt, the scallops work upward.