Beautiful 1973 Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Printed Silk Chiffon Dress
This exceptional dress is from the Marc Bohan for Christian Dior years and it is a wonderful example of the work being done for the house during this time period. This dates to the 1973 and we found a similar dress in a green colurway that was shot that year. This one is a more yellow based colour palette that we associate with that era. Dior under Bohan was integral to the label's development over the decades that he headed the atelier and even beyond that, it is just an extraordinarily beautiful dress.
The silk chiffon that has been used to construct this dress is wonderful. It combines several shade of yellow with soft pastel tangerines and ivory. The print runs over the entire dress and is very beautiful. The combination of the silk, the halter top and the ruffles give the dress a soft and romantic feel. The cut of the dress feels simple but the bodice is actually quite genius. The front bodice is made of two wide gathered triangle panels of silk that start from the empire waist and then extend up into wide straps. These curve up and around the back of the neck where each is attached to large round disc. The back of the dress has a third triangle that is cut wider to attach across the back waist. It also extends up to attach to that disc. The disc is made out of what looks like an early plastic that has been dyed to the palest green. The inner edge of the circle is finished in a gold trim. It is very pretty. The triangle shapes at the front create a low V shaped plunge that goes right to the high set waist there. The sides are left open and bare and I love that detail. There is a band at the waist for shape and then a separate sash that ends in a long bow that wraps and snaps into place around you. The bow sits at the front for a soft detail and the ends of it extend to trail down the front of the skirt. Under the high waist the skirt skims over the hips and then opens out to be very full. The hem is finished with a wide ruffle finish in the same silk chiffon and this adds to the feminine feel that the dress has. The volume through the skirt is achieved by the many yards of silk chiffon it is made out of. It's genius. The volume in the skirt really becomes apparent when you move and it billows out around you to give the dress a light and airy feel. The dress is gorgeous and even better in person. This is a piece that will really come to life once on an actual body. Excellent condition with minor notes below.
The dress is fully lined in a pale ivory silk chiffon through the skirt and the top is lined in the same fabric. The dress has an inner foundation piece through the waist and it hooks to close there. The lining then snaps over that and the waist hooks to close all of it. The bow sash snaps and hooks into place. Hand finished throughout and hand rolled edges. I see an area on the back of the disc where silk was used to repair / reinforce part of the attachment. You don't see this when on. I also see repairs and signs of shattering in areas of the silk lining of the skirt mostly along the seams and near the snaps but also in the body of the skirt that have been reinforced with invisible tape. I have left is as found since it is all original and it does not comprise being able to wear it as is now. The skirt lining could easily be removed or replaced if needed down the road. The dress is wearable but with care as parts are delicate.
Bust: no true side seams but each triangle is approx 9-10" at its widest point across
Empire waist under bust: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 9-10" from top of neck straps to high waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS
Reference Photo: (1) Spring 1973 Christian Dior Runway. / (2) 1973 Christian Dior.
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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