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Evening dress
  • Evening dress
    Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957
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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (This is very similar to ' Cachottiere' an afternoon ensemble designed by Christian Dior in 1950, featuring knotted drapes either side of the waistband. See Saillard, O. & Hamami, L. Dior:Christian Dior 1947-57. NY, 2016. p.182-183., made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1957 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957 (designer)
    Christian Dior London Ltd (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk poult, with silk lining, metal coil boning, and silk and nylon net petticoats

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Felicity Pownall-Gray

  • Museum number:

    T.141-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Short evening dress of black silk poult. Sleeveless with a V-neck and attached knots crossing over from the bust to the opposite hip, and tying in a knot detail. Full bell-shaped skirt. With silk lining, metal coil boning, and silk and nylon net petticoats.

Place of Origin

London (This is very similar to ' Cachottiere' an afternoon ensemble designed by Christian Dior in 1950, featuring knotted drapes either side of the waistband. See Saillard, O. & Hamami, L. Dior:Christian Dior 1947-57. NY, 2016. p.182-183., made)

Date

ca. 1957 (made)

Artist/maker

Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957 (designer)
Christian Dior London Ltd (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk poult, with silk lining, metal coil boning, and silk and nylon net petticoats

Marks and inscriptions

'[1?]2277'
Number printed on back of label. Label is black on white.

Dimensions

Circumference: 91 cm bust, Circumference: 68 cm waist, Weight: 1.82 kg

Object history note

Christian Dior founded his Parisian fashion house in 1946, with backing from the textile manufacturer Marcel Boussac. On 12 February 1947, the House of Dior launched its first collection. Dubbed the ‘New Look’ by the press, the collection had an instant and unparalleled influence on fashion around the world.

Following the success of his haute couture house in Paris, in 1952 Christian Dior set up a London-based company, C. D. Models (London) Ltd., to sell high-end ready-to-wear versions of his designs to the British public. Originally based in Stratford Place with workrooms in Maddox Street, the first collection of the London branch of Dior was launched at the Savoy Hotel on 10th December 1952. The London collection was based on the Paris haute couture collections but modified for a British clientele. In December 1954, the company changed name to Christian Dior London Ltd.

The dress is very typical of Dior c. 1957. Dior's final collection in 1957 was typified by tight, moulded bodices and bell-shaped skirts.

Registered File number 1985/190.

Descriptive line

Short evening dress of black silk poult with cross-over fabric knots, Christian Dior London, c. 1957

Labels and date

Evening dress
Dior of London
London
About 1957

Dior's London branch enabled British women to commission couture to a French standard without having to travel far. The collections were designed by Marc Bohan in the spirit of the Paris shows but for an English clientele. This wearable silk dress has a cross-over bodice and fat fabric knots, both typical Dior hallmarks.

Silk poult

V&A: T.141-1985 [22/09/2007-06/01/2008]

Production Note

Attribution note: High-end ready-to-wear

Materials

Silk (textile); Metal; Nylon net; Silk net

Techniques

Plain weave; Lining (process); Boning

Subjects depicted

Knots

Categories

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

Production Type

Ready to wear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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