Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cocktail dress

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
fall/winter 1956–1957
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Hans H. Zinsser, 1964
Accession Number:
2009.300.2870
Not on view
A quintessential Christian Dior cocktail dress from the late 1950s, this garment exemplifies the silhouette with which the designer is so closely associated. The full skirt and fitted boned bodice are characteristic of his work from earlier in the decade, but the waist is raised, a sign of change seen even more clearly in other designs from the 1956-7 collections. The integral, artistically-draped rose is a subtle clue to the couture quality of this garment.
Marking: Label: "Christian Dior/Paris/Made in France/Automne-Hiver 1956/83190"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Christian Dior," December 12, 1996–March 23, 1997.

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