c.1966 Christian Dior Sequin & Tortoise Shell Demi-Couture Dress
Rarely have I seen such a fine and elaborate example of the Dior label come to market as this extraordinary dress. Based on the lines and construction and other examples I have had in the shop I would say that this extraordinary dress dates to the mid-sixties. It is from the Dior Paris Boutique and the label is numbered so this would have been a special or custom order by a client made in the ateliers under Marc Bohan for Dior. I see no machine work so while technically I must classify it as demi-couture, it is most certainly made to Haute Couture standards. It is an absolutely wonderful example of the mod feel of that era and hands down one of the best sixties dresses I have had in the shop.
The dress is made from a very fine silk that has been dyed the perfect shade of chocolate. This silk base allows it to weigh far less then what you would think upon first glance. Onto the silk are hand applied sequins and there are literally thousands of these tiny sequins that have each been sewn into place so that the entire dress gleams in the light. From the waist down Mr Bohan mixed in paper thin medallions of tortoise shell with more sequins used to created an edge around each. In some cases rows of sequins have been sewn directly on top of its tortoise shell backdrop. The dress is cut with a shirt front and a little A-line skirt. I love how the basic design elements like the pockets, cuffs and collars are all edged in a tightly spaced finish of sequins. I doubt you could find a better example of this type of dress from this period that has the same intense workmanship in its making. Excellent condition.
Fully lined with a matching fine silk through the skirt and silk organza through the sleeves and bodice. The inner seams are hand finished and the sequins and shells are hand applied. There are perhaps the occasional missing sequin here and there among the thousands but I see nothing that truly detract from this beautiful example of Dior in this time period. Museum quality
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16.5" from neck to waist
Skirt: 19" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.