evening dress
evening dress
evening dress
evening dress
evening dress
evening dress

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evening dress

Yves Saint Laurent, Designer (French, 1936-2008) The House of Dior, Retailer


This dress is from the first line that Yves Saint Laurent designed for the House of Dior after he assumed artistic direction of the house. The line, Trapeze, was significant because Saint Laurent had to prove that he was eligible to be the chief designer for the House of Dior.

Made of five layers of ivory tulle, this dress has a fitted bodice, scoop neckline, fitted waist and semi-full gathered skirt. The bodice is embroidered in a dense pattern of prong crystals. The density of the embroidery pattern on the skirt gradually decreases as it nears the hem.

Roberta Maas, San Francisco; (Beverley Birks), New York, New York; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2006).

Object Information

designer
Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008)
retailer
The House of Dior
creation date
spring-summer 1958
materials
silk net, metallic threads, rhinestones, sequins, beads
dimensions
L: 40 in
waist: 20 in
bust: 28 in
mark descriptions
Label, white: Christine Dior /Paris
Label, couture number: 93256
accession number
2006.119
credit line
Nancy Foxwell Neuberger Acquisition Endowment Fund and Anonymous Art Fund
copyright
© Yves Saint Laurent
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors