Design House: House of Dior (French, founded 1947)

Designer: Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)

Date: fall/winter 1953–54

Culture: French

Medium: (a, b) silk

Credit Line: Gift of Elizabeth Sander Foley in memory of Elizabeth de Bordenave Sander, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.304a, b


For Dior, it was essential to be able to subtly form fabric to the fullness that he favored in skirts, peplums, bustles, and in some cases even at the shoulder. Details such as the addition of the capelet, a bodice understructure of boned mesh corset with peplum, and buttons with bound buttonhole closures add the charm of historicism to this cocktail dress.