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1950s Christian Dior Midnight Blue Demi-Couture 3 Piece Dress Suit

This wonderful little silk dress set bears the Christian Dior New York label, making it a beautiful and early example of Christian Dior's work. The New York label is what I consider to be demi-couture from this time period of Dior's history. These where made in, and for, the American market but were based on the runway designs and with many of the same high standard finishes that the true Haute Couture pieces incorporated and based on the Dior Haute Couture collection. The 1958 collection in particular used these angled 1/2 bows and I believe that this would be from about that time period.

The set is made from three pieces, an inner skirt that has an attached lining so that it always sit perfectly, a top that lies over that and then a jacket that tops these two pieces. All three pieces are made of a beautiful deep midnight blue wool and silk mix that is just heavy enough to hold the shape but without adding any bulk or excess weight. In person the color is richer and deeper blue then how it has photoed and is quite lovely. The cut of the innermost piece is wonderful - it nips in at the waist with a flared skirt that has an almost exaggerated line to it. A double seam runs down the center of the skirt and thus is attached so that is curves out and creates the illusion of a soft, full volume as it nears the hem. This is topped by a fine silk bodice that acts both as an extra lining to the next layer that will lie over it and also ensures that the skirt always lies perfectly in place. Over this is a sleeveless bodice with a simple with a graceful cut. The neckline is a simple and collarless V and the seams curve and enhance the figure. It has a pretty little 1/2 bow at the waist and under that is a subtle little closed vent that mimics the seaming detail of the skirt. The final piece is the jacket. It sits over the other pieces and it too is kept simple with immaculate seaming creating the only detailing. I love the subtle detailing - the way the top pf the collar points inwards and the subtle curve of the outer cuffs of each sleeve. It is beautiful. Excellent condition.

All the pieces are lined in a deep blue, hand set silk. The inner dress closes with a back hand set painted metal zipper and the top also zips to close up the back. The jacket has no closures. Ribbon finish seams and hand finished throughout

Shoulders: 15.5"
Bust: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 21" from neck to hem

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 19" from neck to hem

Inner Dress/Skirt
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 22" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3029

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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