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1950s Demi Couture Christian Dior Black Silk Bow Dress

This is another fabulous and early example of Christian Dior's work that is quite extraordinary and its seemingly simple cut belies its beautiful lines once on. This one has the New York label so 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. Done in a simple black silk, it is based on a modified "New Look" silhouette where the top is sculpted to the body and kept simple and the skirt has volume through the clever cut. The bodice from the front is sleek and simple with a formed bust-line and high neck that is cut wide across the shoulders. The sleeves are cut slim and straight and end just below the elbow. The waist is fitted and nips in and then the skirt flares out in an interesting and unique design. It is basically a slim cut pencil skirt underneath that has an angled circular panel laying over it that really gives it that beautiful sense of volume. I love the scooped back and that amazing sculpted bow that sits on one hip over a gathered draping of fabric. An exceptional and very chic dress that is a beautiful example of early Dior. Excellent condition.

The silk is a good weight and has a slight ribbed texture to it but very fine. It is interlined through the skirt and the bodice with a fine black silk organza and the inner skirt is suspended form a panel of this same organza so that you get no extra weight or fabric directly under the hip. It is marvelous. It closes with a back, painted metal zipper. Hand finishes throughout.

Sleeves: 17" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15.5" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 26" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2561

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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