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Day dress - La Ligne Sinueuse
  • La Ligne Sinueuse
    Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957
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La Ligne Sinueuse

  • Object:

    Day dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1952 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Worsted wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs D.M. Haynes and Mrs M. Clark

  • Museum number:

    T.110 to B-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This three-piece afternoon dress, designed by Christian Dior (1905-57), comprises a top, belt and skirt. Despite its simple appearance, it is assembled with a multiplicity of buttons and tiny snap fasteners, which required the help of a lady's maid to secure.

The couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was said to have disapproved of the complexity of Dior's fastenings.

Physical description

Tailored 3-piece day dress made up of a jacket, skirt and belt in navy blue worsted. Skirt and jacket are attached to one and other by buttons.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1952 (made)

Artist/maker

Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Worsted wool

Marks and inscriptions

'17318'
Number printed on label

'Christian Dior Paris Printemps / Ete 1952'
Label

'34.136'
Number hand-written on back of label

Dimensions

Circumference: 70 cm waist, Length: 76 cm skirt, Diameter: 70 cm footprint of skirt

Object history note

Opal Holt was born in Canada in 1887 but lived in the US until the end of the Second World War. She travelled extensively between the wars and was in the first plane to land in Bali. She married Herbert Holt, a Canadian who lived a large part of his life in England, as her third husband in 1946. They came to England and Europe every summer and Opal Holt began buying clothes in Paris for her life in England, and for the Bahamas in Winter, over a period of about thirty years. She died in 1980.

Given by Mrs D.M Haynes and Mrs. Clark (nee Holt; Opal Holt's step-daughters).

Historical context note

The original model for this dress was Simone.

Descriptive line

Three-piece day dress 'Batignolles' from 'La Ligne Sinueuse' made up of a jacket, skirt and belt in worsted, designed by Christian Dior, Paris, 1952

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

Dress information card with photograph in the Dior Archives, Paris
Palemer, A., 'Inside Paris Haute Couture' in C. ed., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 (V&A Publications, 2007), pl.3.13.

Labels and date

'Batignolles' skirt, top and belt
Christian Dior (1905-57)
Paris
1952 spring/summer

Despite its simple appearance, this ensemble is assembled with a multiplicity of buttons and tiny snap fasteners, which required the help of a lady's maid. Balenciaga was said to have disapproved of the complexity of Dior's fastenings.

Worsted

Worn by Mrs Opal Holt and given by Mrs Haynes and Mrs Clark
V&A: T.110&A, B-1982 [22/09/2007]

Production Note

From Atelier Monique, the premier at Dior during the 1950s

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes; Day wear; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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