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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 1957–58
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
[no dimensions available]
Credit Line:
Gift of Madame Walther Moreira Salles, 1969
Accession Number:
C.I.69.39
Not on view

Conceived as a sarong, this is a more formal version of a dress style that had been offered in earlier collections. The fabric is wrapped from a back seam with an asymmetrical hem. Dior resolved the asymmetry of the hem but, in doing so, lost the width of fabric required to continue the side drape. As a result, an extra is gathered into the side seam to form a free-flowing train. The appearance is of continuous fabric but, in fact, Dior had to concoct the process.

Marking: [label] "Christian Dior"
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