"Arsène Lupin"

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

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

Date: fall/winter 1954–55

Culture: French

Medium: wool, silk

Credit Line: Gift of Christian Dior, 1955

Accession Number: C.I.55.29.2a, b


For the theater, Dior took the opportunity to create a woman's alternative to a man's smoking jacket. Instead of satin lapels, he utilized a black satin ribbon. Dior's treatment is the most discreet possible, as were his earlier transformations of gray flannel suits to womenswear. This dress was originally worn with a long satin coat of seven-eighths length.