Design House: House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer: Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date: fall/winter 1955–56
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965
Accession Number: 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.