A/W 1973 Christian Dior Haute Couture Stunning Green Silk Chiffon Dress
The color of this Haute Couture dress by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior is striking and is the first thing you notice. It is an unusual shade and even the camera has not quite captured just how wonderful it is in person. The fabric is a silk chiffon and it has little medallions woven through the silk that I like to think are stylized four leaf clovers. It is from the Fall 1973 collection and a version of it in a different print was photoed for an editorial that year (I have included it here as reference). I think this all green version with its play on transparencies is far better then that one though. In the notes for the 1972 collection in the book "Dior, The Catwalk" it is noted that Marc Bohan focused on dots for the season. Vogue said of the collection: "Simple, very sophisticated, ultra-feminine." The perfect summary of this very dress.
It is so flattering on. The attention to detail shown in every stitch is breathtaking and to the highest standards. Being a Haute Couture piece, It would have been made entirely by hand in the Dior atelier. The silk chiffon used is of the highest possible grade and gives the dress its beautiful drape and line. The bodice is cut into a low V at the front and the waist is fitted. There are long attached ties of fabric that wrap and hook around the waist and at the front there is a soft bow of fabric. Each sleeves is cut so that it puffs above the fitted cuffs - you can really see how full they are in real life in the added editorial reference photo. The skirt is soft and there is an unexpected amount of fabric in it that give you a sleek line when you are standing and then when you move it shows how full it is. I love that only the front of the bodice is lined, this leaves the back semi-transparent for an unexpected sensuality. It is gorgeous and better in person. Excellent condition.
The front bodice and skirt are fully lined in a matching green silk and the dress is completely made by hand as the parameters of Haute Couture dictates. It closes with a back, handset painted metal zipper and there is second zipper that closes the inner skirt lining. The cuffs button with green silk covered buttons. I see one tiny nick out of the fabric on the bow that wraps around the waist but you wold never see this unless you go over it meticulously. Haute Couture number 003016. Note that in person the color is even better then how it photoed.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner lining hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13" from top of bodice to waist + a 3" band
Skirt: 28" from bottom seam of waist band to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: (1) Fall 1973 Christian Dior Couture Runway. / (2) Christian Dior, 1973.
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