Evening suit, House of Dior (French, founded 1947), (a,b) wool, silk, French

Evening suit

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960)
fall/winter 1997–98
(a,b) wool, silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas L. Kempner, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.420.64a, b
Not on view
Less directly alluding to the male uniform of a tuxedo but exploiting the masterful tailoring possible in the couture atelier, is the evening suit by John Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture. Galliano's design suggests the wasp waist of the late nineteenth century and the padded hips introduced by Christian Dior in the evocative historicism of his post-WWII "New Look" collection.
Marking: [label] (a) "Christian Dior / HAUTE COUTURE AH 97 / PARIS"
[typed label] (b) "JUPE 4BIS AH97"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nan Kempner: American Chic," December 12, 2006–March 4, 2007.