c1958 Christian Dior NY Floral Print Silk Dress & Jacket
This wonderful little silk coat and dress set bears the Christian Dior New York label, making it a beautiful and early example of Christian Dior's work. The New York label is what I consider to be demi-couture from this time period of Dior's history. These where made in, and for, the American market but were based on the runway designs and with many of the same high standard finishes that the true Haute Couture pieces incorporated and based on the Dior Haute Couture collection. You can see a similar print from the 1958 collection in the reference photo included here. the set is wonderful as one would expect from early Dior and it is in remarkable condition. Both pieces, and the matching belt, are made of a rich printed silk in a beautiful floral print that makes one feel you have entered gallery of fine art each time you look at it. I have tried to capture the beautiful colors the silk fabric has screened onto it. In person the color is richer and deeper and has a real lush, rich feel to it. The cut of the dress is wonderful - it nips in at the waist with a slim pencil cut skirt under that. The bodice is kept simple with a graceful curving neckline that is set wide and is gathered along its edge for subtle detailing. The jacket that tops the dress makes me think of a short sleeved painters smock and I like to think that is intentional and a witty nod to the artistic print. It has a rounded collar buttons down the front. The front is cit fairly tubular and straight with big top set pockets on each hip. The back is cut full and voluminous to balance the slim cut skirt. The original belt snaps into place and is adorned with a flat bow that you can wear to the front or back. Excellent, museum quality condition.
The dress is fully interline in a black hand set silk organza. The coat is lined in the same silk as the exterior with pockets on each hip. The dress closes with a back hand set painted metal zipper and the jacket with large fabric covered buttons. The buttonholes are properly finished. The belt spas and is adjustable and has additional hook & eye. It is stamped. The belt shows slight natural wear to the leather backing but the set otherwise appears unworn.
Inset shoulder seam: 13"
Bust: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 26" from neck to hem
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 26" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photo: Christian Dior, 1958.
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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