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Evening dress

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
fall/winter 1955–56
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965
Accession Number:
C.I.65.14.12a, b
Not on view

Exemplifying Dior's faultless minimalism of 1955, this simple black column, contrasting matte velvet against satin, anticipates a form of evening dress that has continued to the present. The stability of the off-the-shoulder neckline is accomplished by the hand shaping of the fabric rather than by any rigid understructure.

Marking: [label] Christian Dior - Paris - Made in France/Automne-Hiver 1955/#77984
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