1950s Christian Dior Demi-Couture Simply Cut Black Textured Silk Coat
This coat is an early example of Christian Dior's work and I love its simplicity. It has the Christian Dior Original, New York label. This label would be considered to be demi-couture from this time period of Dior's history. Pieces with this label where made for the American market to sell in the New York Salon. They were based on the runway designs and were constructed with the same high standard finishes that the true Haute Couture pieces incorporated. It is very well made and even better in person.
This coat is in exceptional condition and it looks like it was never been worn, or worn very little. It is cut with the volume and curves that defined the era. It is a wonderful example of the work Dior was doing in this time period and why they had such an influence in establishing the direction of design during this era. The lines of the coat are very simple. There is the very minimal amount of seaming done to achieve the shape that you see. It almost has a slouchy robe feel to it with a angle shaped collar that sits above the large buttons that run down the front. The shoulders are cut so that the curve and drop. The sleeves extend from there and are cut to just past the elbow. Through the body it is cut with a full curve that narrows slightly into the hem. I love the large front pockets that are top set and sit on each hip. The fabric is a highly textured matte silk or silk and wool mix that is unusual and quite charming. Inside there is a woven silk lining that has the look of the type of silk that would normally be used in men's suiting. It feels very modern and is pristine. It looks like it just stepped out of the showroom of the atelier. Excellent condition
Lined in a hand set black textured silk. It buttons to close at the front and has pockets on each hips with each pocket is lined in silk. The buttons have proper finished buttonholes. Hand finishes. The cut is meant to sit oversized and will fit a variety of sizes.
Sleeves: 16" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 22.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.