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Evening dress

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
fall/winter 1949–50
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool, silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Rosamond Bernier, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.130.1a, b
Not on view

Though known for his ultra-feminine silhouettes, Dior adapted many aspects of menswear for his designs. He appropriated gray-flannel tailoring, houndstooth, white cotton piqué, and other elements of menswear. One of Dior's great achievements was to create from the vocabulary of men's tuxedos. Here, a black wool column is accented with black silk faille that would be in a man's tuxedo lapel and cummerbund. Visible in the asymmetrical wrapping of the pattern pieces is his interest in the drape of fabric.

Marking: [label] "Christian Dior/Paris/06503"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Christian Dior," December 12, 1996–March 23, 1997.

Musée Christian Dior. "Christian Dior: Man of the Century," May 15, 2005–August 21, 2005.

State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. "Dior: Couturier du Rêve," April 26, 2011–July 30, 2011.

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