c.1976 Christian Dior Couture Gold Striped Silk Chiffon Dress & Jacket
This exceptional silk halter dress with its matching blouse 'jacket' is by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior and it is a wonderful example of his work during this time period. I found an example with a similar feel from the 1976 collection and am sure that this would be from that same collection or within a season or two of it. The extra label example reference I have provided , taken from the book Dior by Assoulin, is to show that this label, with slight variations as time passed, was being used as an alternative to special order, or custom couture items from the period of the house that dated from the late 1960s to the mid-late seventies.
The silk chiffon that has been used to construct this dress is especially fine. It is a pale, very light yellow, that has fine gold stripes running vertically down both the dress and top. The gold lurex thread is woven through that silk and this gives the dress a subtle metallic finish. The vertical lines are used to highlight the cut of the dress and I love the way that they catch the light as you move for the subtlest of glimmers. The neckline is a cut halter style with a strap running up around the back of the neck. The bodice plunges into a V and the fabric wraps around your upper waist but still leaves most of the back completely bare. From the waist to mid hip the skirt hugs the body and then opens out by using wide, flat pleats. It is on these pleats that you see the care a couture piece is given. Here the gold stripes are placed so that they each still perfectly lines up across the top of each of the two inch pleats so the pattern is unbroken to the eye and the volume seemingly happens by magic when you move. The dress has its original matching top that blouses over the dress when on. It buttons to close down the front below the soft silk attached tie at the neck. Matching fabric ties run through the waist and each sleeve so you can cinch them and have it blouse and pouf, or wear them loose and open for a more relaxed feel. The dress is gorgeous and even better in person. Excellent condition.
The dress is fully lined in a pale yellow silk taffeta and the top is unlined. The dress closes with a back painted metal couture zipper and buttons at the neck. Inner waist stay hooks to close. The top buttons to close and the sleeves and waist has ties that run through to cinch. Light boning through the bodice. Hand finished through out, hand finished selvages. Silk covered buttons. Since it does not have the formal couture label I am categorizing this as demi-couture, but strongly suspect it was special order from the couture atelier.
Bust: approx 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner lining hips: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15" from top of neck straps to waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam with ties to adjust in
Length: 18" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: Christian Dior ensemble, photo by Michel Picard, L'Officiel (n. 626), 1976.
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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