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Evening dress

Design House:
(a) House of Givenchy (French, founded 1952)
Designer:
(a) Hubert de Givenchy (French, born Beauvais, 1927)
Design House:
(b, c) House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
(b, c) Roger Vivier (French, 1913–1998)
Date:
fall/winter 1961–62
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metallic thread
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles B. Wrightsman, 1962
Accession Number:
C.I.62.50.2a–c
Not on view
One of the world's great connoisseurs and collectors of eighteenth-century art and decorative arts wore this dress. Givenchy is an unrelenting modernist; here he may have been touched by his experience of working with Schiaparelli in his offering of a truncated illusion of an open robe in the back using a fall of cloth, like a fly panel except that it is heavy to fly away or drape away. Rather, it functions as a reductive form of an eighteenth-century back, heavy in a continuous flow to the ground. The exotic and sumptuous fabric only confirms the intimation of the eighteenth century in spite of Givenchy's modernity.
Marking: [label] (a) "Givenchy, Paris"
[imprint] (b, c) "Christian Dior - Roger Vivier/Sur Mesures"
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