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  • "Arsène Lupin" theater dress, fall/winter 1954–55
    Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
    Wool, silk
    Gift of Christian Dior, 1955 (C.I.55.29.2a,b)

    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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  • "Arsène Lupin" theater dress, fall/winter 1954–55
    Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
    Wool, silk
    Gift of Christian Dior, 1955 (C.I.55.29.2a,b)

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