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1950s Numbered Christian Dior Silk Brocade Dress

This is an incredible numbered Christian Dior from the 1950s. The color is a startling blue that is just divine! It is hand dyed on a textured silk brocade. The brocade has a raised pattern worked into it so depending on how the light hits it different aspects of the pattern come to play. It is just incredible! Based on the "New Look" silhouette the top is sculpted to the body and kept simple with a rounded front and back. The sleeves go just to the elbow and are cut straight. A seam that follows the shoulder runs down each. There is an amazing detail at the waist - just above the belt you can see two piping rows of satin - these are connected by a fine thin bit of net underneath! Just a hint of sexuality but so subtle a girl of that time could never get chastised for it! The skirt is full and has its own built in underpinnings with two layers of tulle, the inner of which has a double hem of horse hair edging for fullness and shape. An inner boned, fine corset holds the wearer perfectly in place. The dress is finished by a sweet bow at the front and an attached belt that wraps around and hooks under the bow. An exceptional early dress that is in excellent overall condition and is important and rare.

Fully lined  and closes with a back painted metal zipper as well as hook & eye and snaps. . A full built in corset made of netting and it is boned. Two tulle underskirts with the inner having a tiered bottom and both edges finished with a wide strip of horsehair ribbon inside for shape. Note the following condition issues - the backing of the belt that wraps around the waist is degrading. It is still in sound shape but it is going at the back. This does not show when on. There is some minor degradation of the silk under one arm and at the very tip seam of the opposite shoulder. I have photoed the one under the arm - please super size to view. It has been priced accordingly and I feel it is sound enough to wear with care if you wish to do so. Note the color is a touch deeper blue then how it has photographed

Sleeves: 13"
Shoulders: approx 15
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 13" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 29" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS

Item# DD1574

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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