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c.1957 Christian Dior Demi-Couture Gold Bow Detailed Silk Dress

This is a wonderful example of Christian Dior's work in the 1950s. Pieces with this label were made for the American market based on the Paris Haute Couture designs and were finished with many of the same standards as the Haute Couture pieces were. The Christian Dior New York label is considered to be demi-couture from this time period of Dior's history and the dress is numbered.

The color of the dress is remarkable. It is a muted shade of gold and the silk satin used seems to give it an almost glowing quality. This is of course based on the "New Look" silhouette.  The top is sculpted over the body with beautiful curving panels at the bust. These drapes and sweep over each shoulder and then down over the front and cross over each other slightly behind the first bow that sits at the front center. A flat ribbon of silk wraps around you under that bow and then the dress is fitted to the waist. The matching belt is present with the dress and this has the second bow detail. From there the skirt flares out in a full sweep in a widening cascade. The third and final bow is used to accent the slight pulling in of the volume of the skirt before the hem flares out under that in a beautiful finish. The skirt has its own built in light tulle layer and for these photos I styled it over an additional light crinoline so that you can see the beautiful and graceful shape of the skirt. This is an exceptional and beautiful example of Christian Dior's work. Excellent condition with a condition notes below to review .

Fully interlined through the skirt and the bodice with a fine silk organza and the skirt also has interlining of tulle through the to the ruffled hem. It closes with a back, painted metal zipper. The belt is original to the dress and is stamped Christian Dior. It closes with a hook closure. Note that there is one teeny pinhole on the skirt near the side seam and there are some very tiny dot marks present. All very tiny and none that detract or mar the presentation of the dress in any way but are mentioned for accuracy. The color is even better in person

Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 16.5" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 28" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2559

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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