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Evening dress

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Attributed to Yves Saint Laurent (French (born Algeria) Oran 1936–2008 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1959
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Lauren Bacall, 1967
Accession Number:
2009.300.425
Not on view
Following his first successful "Trapèze" collection for Dior in 1958, Saint Laurent remained committed to a new shape for garments in subsequent seasons. The ballooning back drapery of this evening dress offers a counterpoint to the more conventional fitted silhouette of the front. The juxtaposition of volume creates a slimming effect, while still incorporating the sacque-back, an "au courant" design element of the late 1950s.
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