Spring 1981 Marc Bohan for Christian Dior Striped Cotton Dress Set
This is an absolutely wonderful striped set by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior. I remember coming across a editorial or ad photo that documented this set but unfortunately have not been able to re-locate it. It is out there though so at some point I hope to be able to date it accurately either before its sold or will send a note to its new owner once that information is found. I love that it is a set as it really makes it versatile, especially as a travel piece. You can certainly wear the set together or break up the pieces and mix and match all three with other piece in your closet. The top, skirt and belt are all made of a light cotton with a touch of a polished finish that allows it to hold its shape. The vivid striped give it a dramatic and exotic feel that is quite wonderful. The top has elastic that runs through the shoulders so that it can be worn on or off the shoulder. It also has elastic at the cuffs so the sleeves keep that fabulous pouf. More elastic runs through the waist for shape and it also allows for a great little peplum to create even more shape. All this sits over a skirt that is cut with yards and yards of fine cotton fabric so is very light but very full. It is finished with a flirty little ruffled bottom. The fabric belt can be used to cinched in the waist even more and is cut wide to you get lots of shape. It is very bright and colorful and wonderful. Excellent condition
Both pieces are unlined. The top will fit a variety of sizes. It slips on over the head and has elastic at the sleeves, the waist and the neckline. The skirt closed with a zipper and button and the waist is fixed in size and not elastic. Hidden pockets along the hip seam of the skirt. The belt closes with hook & eye and is will fit to a 24.5" waist where hooks currently sit - you can move the a little to get more room if needed. I see a teeny tiny area of foxing on the skirt but that was laid out and fully flat and open. You can't see it at all when on because of the immense amount of fabric used.
Shoulders: elastic so flexible
Waist: elastic so flexible
Bodice: 14" from shoulder to waist, 8" peplum under that
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1) Spring 1981 Christian Dior Runway Collection. / (2-4) Amanda Lee Shirreffs for her weekly column on our blog, Curated. (Photos by Erin Leydon) Click here to see the full column >
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