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Ball gown

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
spring/summer 1953
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, nylon, glass, metallic
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1955
Accession Number:
C.I.55.76.22a–e
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.
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