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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.