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1970s Christian Dior Demi-Couture Numbered Sample Dress in Inky Black Velvet w Bow

This is an incredible dress that would be from when Marc Bohan was head of the Dior atelier. It is a beautiful example of the work being produced by Christian Dior in this time period. This is the Christian Dior - London label and is considered to be demi-couture from this time period of Dior's history. This dress is especially interesting as it has a sample label inside along with it numbered Dior label. It must have been a runway sample or was a sample that was previewed for the next season. These where made for the London market based on the runway designs and with many of the same high standard finishes that Haute Couture pieces incorporated. The line was created and designed by Jorn Langberg, Artistic Director of Christian Dior London. 

The dress is made out of a soft silk velvet in a jet black. The cut is simple and sleek with a halter neckline made when the fabric curves up and around the neck. The bodice is set on an angle on either side that work up to the straps that curve around the neck. At the back is a dramatic and large bow with wide velvet ends that trail down the back. The back extends out from the bottom of the front halter so it curves around you and leaves the entire upper back bare and open. It skims over the waist and the shaping there is created by vertical seams. The skirt is cut to feel sleek and simple but also to add some volume and balance to the bareness of the neckline. From the waist it flows to the floor with a flaring cut, widening out as it reaches the hem. The bodice is fitted with a series of inner boning to define the shape. It is a beautiful and dramatic piece despite its simple lines. Hand finishes throughout. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a black silk and closes with a two back painted metal zipper - one on the interior corseting and one hidden set on the exterior. The back of the neck closes with hook & eye. Sample and numbered tags present. The number tag is very faint but seems to be A39839. Inner boning and shaping through the bodice. The bust was small on my dress form and the dress does close properly on the right sized person.

Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam with room for up to a B cup
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58.5" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2658

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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