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Mexico evening dress - Mexico evening dress
  • Mexico evening dress
    Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957
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Mexico evening dress

  • Object:

    Mexico evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1953 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957 (designer)
    Bianchini-Férier (maker)
    Atelier Germaine (maker)
    Christian Dior

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed silk organza, boned, net foundation, crêpe de Chine stiffened with net and organza, metal hooks and eyes

  • Museum number:

    T.264&A-1981

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dance dress has a label 'PRINTEMPS-ETE Christian Dior MADE IN FRANCE' on the inside, which is stamped with the number '34377'. The dress was featured in French Vogue (March 1953) and L'Officiel (April 1953). In the summer of 1953, the Duchess of Windsor (née Mrs Wallis Simpson) chose a Dior dress made in the same fabric and printed with a dot and scallop pattern to wear at the Circus Ball in Paris (American Vogue, 15 August 1953).

Physical description

Summer evening dance dress consisting of a skirt and bodice. Printed white silk organza.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1953 (made)

Artist/maker

Dior, Christian, born 1905 - died 1957 (designer)
Bianchini-Férier (maker)
Atelier Germaine (maker)
Christian Dior

Materials and Techniques

Printed silk organza, boned, net foundation, crêpe de Chine stiffened with net and organza, metal hooks and eyes

Dimensions

Circumference: 84 cm bust, Circumference: 625 mm waist, Circumference: 200 cm hem, Length: 932 mm

Descriptive line

Mexico dress consisting of a skirt and bodice, printed silk organza, Christian Dior, haute couture spring summer 1953, Tulipe line, Paris, France. Textlie by Bianchini-Ferier.

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

Vogue (French), March 1953, p.53.
Brigid Keenan, Dior in Vogue (Octopus Books, 1981)
Vogue,/i> (American), August 15, 1953
Rothstein, N. ed., '400 Year of Fashion' (London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1984), pp. 91 and 166.
Original photo by H. Clarke
L'Officiel April 1953, pp.33.
Oriole Cullen and Connie Karol Burks Christian Dior, (V&A: London, 2019)

Labels and date

Mexico dress

Christian Dior (1905–57)
Haute couture, Spring/Summer 1953
Tulipe line
Silk (organza)

The couturier named several of his dresses Mexico. The printed design of the white Mexico dress evokes the scallop-edged lace of the resplandor headdress of Tehuana women. Latin America was an important market for Christian Dior. Licensing agreements with Mexican manufacturers and retailers made Dior fashions available in Mexico as early as 1950. In 1954, Dior sent some of his top house models to present his H line collection in Mexico City.

Victoria and Albert Museum - T.264-1981

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams [02/02/2019-14/07/2019]
'Mexico' dance dress (robe à danser)
Christian Dior (1905-57)
Paris
1953 spring/summer, Ligne Tulipe

In this dance dress the abstract pattern of the silk organza evokes movement.

Printed silk organza

V&A: T.264&A-1981 [22/09/2007-06/01/2008]

Materials

Organza; Crepe de chine; Nylon net

Subjects depicted

Scallop

Categories

ELISE; Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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