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c1960 Christian Dior London Couture Numbered Coat & Dress

This dress and coat set in a rich cream silk is extraordinary. After much research I believe it to be based on the Spring 1960, Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior collection. You can see a striking similarity to the cut, collar and buttons of the sleeveless Haute Couture version in blue photo from that collection. The other cream Haite Couture dress from that same collection uses the same front button treatment but on the top whereas here it was done on the bottom portion of the dress. The set here is from the Modele Original line which would have been custom made based on the Haute Couture presentation and special ordered through the London store. It is not unusual to see variations and small changes from the runway line in these and it still retains the strong lines that Yves was after with his ground breaking collection that season.

The coat and dress have never been worn and in fact still retain all original tags which is quite rare. It is numbered and entirely hand finished and extremely well made. The inner dress is a shift shape and a larger size which is very unusual to find. A panel of silk runs down the front and is seamed along each edge. A double row of buttons are placed at the waist and low hip area. Each button meticulously covered in a matching silk and each button hole properly finished. The coat is cut with the volume that the era and Yves dictated where in fashion. A neat small collar sits above large silk covered buttons. The seams are cut gracefully on a curve and pockets are hidden along them. The back has a great swoop of volume and fullness. It is wonderful! Presents as excellent condition and has all original tags. Please read condition notes on some small flaws

 Both pieces are lined in hand set silk. The dress closes at the back with two painted metal zippers - one set on the interior silk lining and the other on the exterior dress. The coat buttons to close and has pockets on each hips. There are a couple of small storage that are faint and may come out with additional cleaning. A small area of splitting on the fabric at the collar - all these tiny flaws are pictured. Otherwise in Museum quality and it is really fabulous.

Sleeves: 20"
Shoulders: 14.5"
Bust: 23.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 40.5" from neck to hem

Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41.5" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD2175

Reference Photos: Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Spring 1960 / Christian Dior, Spring 1960, photo by Guy Arsac.

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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