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"Nuit Fraiche"

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
spring/summer 1954
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, cotton, metallic thread, fur
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1956
Accession Number:
C.I.56.60.4a–d
Not on view
Dior frequently used the strapless gown as the basis from which to create alterable effects modifiable by the use of jackets and stoles. Here, a half-jacket (literally two armholes and a capelet) transforms the bodice of the gown. The embroidery is a typical couture flourish, obliterating the separate pattern pieces through camouflage of the seaming.
Marking: [label] "Christian Dior, Paris/ Printemps-ete 1954"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Christian Dior," December 12, 1996–March 23, 1997.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ceaseless Century," September 9, 1998–November 29, 1998.

Indianapolis Museum of Art. "Treasures of the Metropolitan," October 27, 1970–January 3, 1971.

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