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"Arsène Lupin"

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
fall/winter 1954–55
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool, silk
Dimensions:
(a) Length at CB: 30 in. (76.2 cm) (b) Length at CB: 45 in. (114.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Christian Dior, 1955
Accession Number:
C.I.55.29.2a, b
Not on view

For the theater, Dior took the opportunity to create a woman's alternative to a man's smoking jacket. Instead of satin lapels, he utilized a black satin ribbon. Dior's treatment is the most discreet possible, as were his earlier transformations of gray flannel suits to womenswear. This dress was originally worn with a long satin coat of seven-eighths length.

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