evening dress
evening dress
evening dress
evening dress
evening dress

evening dress

Christian Dior, Designer (French, 1905-1957)

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This semiformal evening dress in midnight blue has a sweetheart neckline and semicircular skirt. The beadwork, done in a geometric motif, was custom-made for the dress, possibly by Lesage.

Dior's resolution in 1955 was to take overall embroidery and to treat the whole of the dress like a unified canvas. The pattern and form of this dress are integrated into an artistic whole that has the impact of a sculpture.

Acquired by Mrs. Elizabeth Parke Firestone (1897-1990).
Purchased by Beverley Birks from Sotheby's, New York, December 1991.

Object Information

Christian Dior (French, 1905-1957)
creation date
Fall-Winter 1955
silk faille, embroidered with beads
L: 36 1/2 in
waist: 23 in
bust: 28 in
mark descriptions
Label: Automne-Hiver 1955 / Christian Dior / Paris
Label, couture number: 78277
accession number
credit line
Delavan Smith Fund
© Christian Dior
Textile and Fashion Arts

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