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  • "Y" evening dress, fall/winter 1955–56
    Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
    Silk
    Gift of Mrs. Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965 (C.I.65.14.12a,b)

    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.

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  • "Y" evening dress, fall/winter 1955–56
    Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
    Silk
    Gift of Mrs. Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965 (C.I.65.14.12a,b)

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