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Chic Fall 1972 Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Haute Couture Black Silk Pant Set

The notes for the 1972 collection in the book 'Dior, The Catwalk' tell us that The New York Times declared Marc Bohan's collection for Dior as 'the best of the season in Paris'  that year. There was also the information that of all the Dior collections, the full records for this particular one did not survive the passages of time so finding a piece that still has a fair amount of documentation is a bit of a miracle. While we did not find a photo of this exact version we did find several photos that show similar sets to this one in a variety of colours and prints. I have included them so that you can get an idea of how chic this set is once on and how central to the theme of that season these were.

This is a wonderful example of his work during this time period. Both the top and the pants are made from a feather light black silk with a satin finish. This fabric is notoriously difficult to work with and when you add in that it was all entirely made by hand the level of workmanship takes on a whole new meaning. It is a set made up of a low plunging top and chic simple pants with a wide cut leg. The top is cut to skim over you and snaps to close from the hem to the bottom of the plunge that you see at the front. The waist is gathered for shape and under that the top extends in the traditional couture manner with a panel of fabric so that when you tuck it into the pants it stays neatly in place. It is all made out of the same fabric though so you can also choose to wear it un-tucked as well and get an entirely different feel. The collar is rounded and has a bit of a seventies flare to its shape. The front plunges almost to the waist where it meets the first hidden set, silk covered snap just above the waistline. The pants are made of the same high end black silk. They have a wide cut and are a full 26" around the bottom hem. The waist is banded and there is a panel of fabric that wraps around you to snap and hook into place so you get this fantastic gathered cummerbund effect. If there ever was a piece that needed a real body in it this is it and I can guarantee you that once on this is as chic and sexy as they come. I also love that being two pieces, the set gives you the versatility to break it up and wear it with other pieces you already own so that it extends the wearability of the set. This is a rare piece of fashion history. The proper Haute Couture label is present and is dated and numbered. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

The top is fully lined in a black silk chiffon. The pants close with a fine metal zipper and the sash at the waist hooks and snaps into place. The top snaps to close with a series of hand covered hidden set silk snaps at the bottom as per the description above. Each cuff buttons to close with a hand covered black silk button. Entirely made by hand. The Haute Couture label is present and numbered #01484

Sleeves: 21"
Shoulders: 14"
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 22.5" from neck hem

Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 39" from top of bodice to waist
Inseam: 26.5" from waist to hem
Rise: 11.5 from Bottom seam of waist band to inner seam
Pant leg width: 26" around

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3931

Reference Photos: (1-2) Dior, 1972.  /  (3-4) Models in Dior, Jours de France Special Pret-a-Porter, Fall 1972.

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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