Image Resources | Currently on View in Gerald and Dorit Paul Galleries (W308)
This semiformal evening dress is a classic example of the work of Dior, who considered couture no less an art than architecture or painting. The drapery achieves a sculptural quality; yet, paradoxically, the multiple layers of sheer silk chiffon convey an impression of near weightlessness when the dress is worn.
The gown has a fitted, boned bodice, seemingly supported by thin straps, that extends slightly below the waist. The bouffant skirt, supported by four layers of crinoline, consists of tiers of diagonally draped swags that swirl around the body, creating a dramatic effect.