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Evening dress - La Ligne Libre
  • La Ligne Libre
    Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957
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La Ligne Libre

  • Object:

    Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1957 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957 (designer)
    Bodin Brossin (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk organza, net and boned

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Baroness Antoinette de Ginsbourg

  • Museum number:

    T.122 to B-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This image shows the interior of a bodice, part of an outfit designed by Christian Dior (1905-57). The full ensemble consists of a skirt and bodice of lightweight organza, which float on a complex under-structure of net and boning in the bodice, and tulle in the skirt.

In-built corsetry was typical of couture garments, particularly for evening wear, so the client could simply step into her garment. In this case, even suspenders for stockings are included.

Physical description

Short evening dress consisting of a bodice, skirt and petticoat in eau-de-nil silk organza.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1957 (made)

Artist/maker

Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957 (designer)
Bodin Brossin (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk organza, net and boned

Dimensions

Weight: .42 kg Evening bodice, Weight: .34 kg Petticoat

Object history note

This ensemble is a shorter version of the original design by Dior, as seen from the orginal chart in the Dior Archive (Paris) and the contemporary image in L'Officiel, March 1957.

The original Dior house model was Bella.

Descriptive line

Short evening dress, 'Norvege' from 'La Ligne Libre' consisting of a bodice, skirt, and petticoat in silk organza, designed by Christian Dior, made by Bodin Brossin, Paris, 1957

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

L'Officiel March 1957, p.87, for a long version of this dress.
Wilcox, C., ed., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 (V&A Publications, London: 2007), p.144 and pl.6.5 (illustrating he long version of the dress from L'Officiel, March 1957).

Labels and date

'Norvège' cocktail ensemble
Christian Dior (1905-57)
Paris
1957 spring/summer

The lightweight organza of this skirt and bodice float on a complex under-structure. In-built corsetry was typical of couture garments, particularly for evening wear, so the client could simply step into her garment. In this case, even suspenders for stockings are included. [42 words]

Organza, with the skirt lined with layers of silk and net

Given by the Baroness Antoinette de Ginsbourg
V&A: T.122&A, B-1974

Paper chart with a sample for 'Norvège'
Christian Dior (1905-57)
Paris
1957 spring/summer

Dior created more than 200 designs for each summer and winter collection. In order to keep track of each one, he created a paper chart. It recorded the type of garment, the name of the design, the house model, the workshop forewoman, the embroiderers and the material suppliers. A sample of the fabric or fabrics was attached to each entry. [59 words]

Archives Dior, Paris [22/09/2007]

Materials

Organza

Categories

Evening wear; Fashion; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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