"Soiree de New York" evening dress
"Soiree de New York" evening dress
"Soiree de New York" evening dress
"Soiree de New York" evening dress
"Soiree de New York" evening dress

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"Soiree De New York" Evening Dress

Christian Dior, Designer (French, 1905-1957)


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

designer
Christian Dior (French, 1905-1957)
creation date
Fall-Winter 1955
materials
silk faille, embroidered with beads
dimensions
L: 36 1/2 in. | waist: 23 in. | bust: 28 in.
mark descriptions
Label: Automne-Hiver 1955 / Christian Dior / Paris
Couture number: 78277
accession number
2006.117
credit line
Delavan Smith Fund
copyright
© Christian Dior
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors