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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 1957–58
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Madame Walther Moreira Salles, 1969
Accession Number:
C.I.69.39
Not on view

Conceived as a sarong, this is a more formal version of a dress style that had been offered in earlier collections. The fabric is wrapped from a back seam with an asymmetrical hem. Dior resolved the asymmetry of the hem but, in doing so, lost the width of fabric required to continue the side drape. As a result, an extra is gathered into the side seam to form a free-flowing train. The appearance is of continuous fabric but, in fact, Dior had to concoct the process.

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

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dance," December 9, 1986–September 6, 1987.

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

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