Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Evening dress

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
fall/winter 1949–50
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool, silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 51 3/8 in. (130.5 cm) Waist: 22 in. (55.9 cm) Width (bust): 33 in. (83.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Rosamond Bernier, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.130.1a, b
Not on view

Though known for his ultra-feminine silhouettes, Dior adapted many aspects of menswear for his designs. He appropriated gray-flannel tailoring, houndstooth, white cotton piqué, and other elements of menswear. One of Dior's great achievements was to create from the vocabulary of men's tuxedos. Here, a black wool column is accented with black silk faille that would be in a man's tuxedo lapel and cummerbund. Visible in the asymmetrical wrapping of the pattern pieces is his interest in the drape of fabric.

Marking: [label] "Christian Dior/Paris/06503"
Related Objects

"1880 Doll"

Artist: House of Dior (French, founded 1947) Date: 1949 Medium: metal, plaster, hair, silk, straw, linen Accession: 2009.300.707a, b On view in:Not on view

Necklace

Artist: House of Dior (French, founded 1947) Date: 1997–98 Medium: synthetic, metal Accession: 2011.293a, b On view in:Not on view

Necklace

Artist: House of Dior (French, founded 1947) Date: 1997–98 Medium: synthetic, metal Accession: 2011.292a, b On view in:Not on view

Snood

Artist: House of Dior (French, founded 1947) Date: early 1950s to mid-1960s Medium: silk probably Accession: 2011.123.5a–d On view in:Not on view

Dinner suit

Artist: House of Dior (French, founded 1947) Date: fall/winter 1955 Medium: wool, silk, beads, rhinestones Accession: 2009.300.361a–c On view in:Not on view