ball gown
ball gown
ball gown
ball gown

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Ball Gown

Christian Dior, Designer (French, 1905-1957) The House of Dior, Retailer


This dress is from the last collection Christian Dior designed before his untimely death. At this time, Saint Laurent was Dior's assistant and it is very likely that this dress was designed by Saint Laurent under Dior's supervision. The bell-shaped skirt is similar to a line that Saint Laurent did for the House of Dior after the couturier's death.

This dress has a fitted bodice, sweetheart neckline and a long semi-full skirt in a slight bell-shape. The diagonal is accentuated by large bows. The decorative bows and wrapping of the skirt around the body seem to suggest that Dior presented women as gifts to his audiences.

Object Information

designer
Christian Dior (French, 1905-1957)
retailer
The House of Dior
creation date
1957
materials
silk satin
dimensions
L: 51 in.
accession number
2002.144
credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
copyright
© Christian Dior
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors