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1970s Numbered Christian Dior Off Shoulder Dress

This is an amazing example of the power of a simple silk jersey and the right cut! When I purchased this many years ago it was from the estate of a former model who was given it in exchange for her work on the runway, a common practice at the time. As a result it has the original runway sample, handwritten label, as well the interior Christian Dior label. It has some wonderful late seventies details like those incredible sleeves that when on appear to be curved draped panels that narrow down to skinny wrists and forearms, However, once you lay it flat you see the peaked, squared off shape that this was cut in to create that curving shape. The entire shoulder is elastic so you can wear it on or off the shoulder or leave only a single shoulder exposed - very sexy. The waist is cut wide and loose and meant to slouch even with its elastic finish and the skirt falls to just above the ankle. You could add a low slung belt for more shape. Hidden side pockets give it the perfect slouchy cool girl vibe. The jersey is a rich wine color and flattering to most skin tones. Really a fabulous piece! Excellent condition.

Unlined and slips on to wear. Hand finishes inside. Four fabric covered buttons on each sleeve and there is still the original extra button sewn inside the skirt along a seam. A small keyhole under the elastic of the neckline at the back. Hidden pockets along each hip.

Note the cut is deceptive as it was meant to be worn loose and slouchy - it will fit a variety of sizes comfortably

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: approx 14" when laid out flat but the elastic makes it completely variable
Bust: to 22"+ flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 27" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 18" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 33" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD1719

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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