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Evening dress and shoes
  • Evening dress and shoes
    Saint Laurent, Yves, born 1936 - died 2008
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Evening dress and shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1960 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Saint Laurent, Yves, born 1936 - died 2008 (designer)
    Vivier, Roger, born 1913 - died 1998 (Designer)
    Christian Dior (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Madame de Courcel

  • Museum number:

    T.127 to B-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The house of Dior was instrumental in the resurgence of Parisian haute couture after the Second World War. When Christian Dior died in 1957, his former assistant Yves Saint Laurent took over, until striking out on his own in 1961. As this evening dress illustrates, in
Saint Laurent’s short time at the helm, he furthered Dior’s reputation for harmonious proportions and exquisite fabrics.

Saint Laurent designed this evening dress in crisp flowered silk organza. It features a mid-length sheath skirt with bubble-hemmed overskirt which, while full length in back, swoops up to above-knee in front, revealing the underskirt. An asymmetrical bow at the waist completes the look.

Physical description

Evening dress in crisp flowered silk organza, collarless neckline and short sleeves on fitted bodice. Mid-length sheath skirt with bubble-hemmed overskirt, full length in back, but swooping up to above-knee in front, revealing underskirt. An asymmetrical bow at waist with frayed fringing at ends.

Pair of shoes covered in matching flowered silk

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1960 (made)

Artist/maker

Saint Laurent, Yves, born 1936 - died 2008 (designer)
Vivier, Roger, born 1913 - died 1998 (Designer)
Christian Dior (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Printed silk

Dimensions

Height: 14 cm Shoe, Width: 7.5 cm Shoe, Length: 22.8 cm Shoe

Object history note

Baronne Martine de Courcel (nee Hallande), wife of Baron Geoffroy de Courcel (French Ambassador to London 1962-72).

Descriptive line

Evening dress of silk organza

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

no. 377C
Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971

Production Note

Spring-Summer 1960

Materials

Silk

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Flowers (plants); Chrysanthemums

Categories

Fashion; Clothing; Formal wear

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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