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Ball gown

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
spring/summer 1953
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, nylon, glass, metallic
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1955
Accession Number:
C.I.55.76.22a–e
Not on view
Not since the House of Worth in the Belle Époque has a designer carries a love of the barely perceived detail to such extravagant extreme. A veil of tulle dulls the shimmer of the satin ground but then is embellished with a scalloped web of silver seed beads and pendant crystals. Excess and obsession govern the selection of ornamental elements. The waist is emphasized as the point of convergence of the scallops; in the bodice, the swags drop down; on the skirt, the scallops work upward.
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.

The Palace Museum, Beijing. "Yves Saint Laurent 1958–1985," May 7, 1985–July 14, 1985.

Musée de la Mode et du Textile. "Yves Saint Laurent, 28 Annees de Creation," May 30, 1986–October 26, 1986.

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