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

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

Date: spring/summer 1955

Culture: French

Medium: (a–c) wool, silk
(d) straw

Credit Line: Gift of Christian Dior, 1955

Accession Number: C.I.55.63a–d


A model primarily remembered for having been in the wedding trousseau of Olivia de Havilland, this gray wool suit is the transfiguration of the man's suit as an expression of the feminine. More importantly, this suit, long anticipated by Dior's interest in tailoring and in menswear fabrics, is poised on the edge of his move away from the New Look's historicism toward a simpler, increasingly reductive, architectonic geometry. The essential A-line of the 1960s began here.