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Exceptional Spring 1966 Christian Dior Haute Couture Suit by Marc Bohan In a Pink Patterned Silk Twill

The Spring 1966 Dior collection was inspired by a recent trip to Mexico by the then Creative Director Marc Bohan. In the book 'Dior: Catwalk' the notes for this collection include a quote from the New York Times that said; "Fuchsia is the preferred colour and appears throughout the collection, accompanied by acid green, intense yellow, bright pink and deep purple" Besides the many caftan silhouettes in this collection - a young Barbra Streisand was photoed for Vogue in one of the evening pyjamas from this same collection that was taken immediately after the show - Bohan also did a series of chic little suits and this is one of them. It is exceptional and an excellent investment piece as well. Dior prices continue to skyrocket and finding Haute Couture examples like and in this condition this are getting harder and harder to find. 

This is an amazing suit that still feels perfectly on point for our modern girl which shows you just how well great design holds up even after 50+ years. The skirt is exceptional. It is cut in a sleek little flare that skims over the hips and then flares out under that into a series of large flat pleats. These are set in a series of flat pleats with deep gussets of precisely the exact same size as the one next to it. They run all around the skirt and when you stand still they lay flat and smooth but when you move you get an incredible burst of movement and volume. The jacket is beautifully constructed and it is cut to fit and flatter the body. The shoulders are soft with the barest minimal of hidden padding to hold their shape. The sleeves are left long and simple and are slightly cropped. The shape through the body of the jacket is a long box silhouette with just the tiniest suggestion of shape through the waist. In the lining around the hem there are hidden weights to ensure that the jacket falls perfectly in place at all times. I love that there is no collar. It just simply scoops around the neckline and then closes all the way down the front with a series of hand carved buttons dyed to match the pink fuchsia in the print. Each button hole is precisely made by hand and perfectly finished. I love that you can wear it on its own without needing a top underneath. It is genius and meticulously tailored. The fabric deserves its own mention as it is a very high end silk twill. Onto that is the beautiful bright pink fuchsia that was so very relevant to this collection. If you are looking for a statement suit this is it. It is simple, chis and elegant, yet extremely glamorous because of that stunning colour and silk twill fabric choice. Excellent condition

Both pieces are fully lined in a fine pink silk. The jacket buttons to close at the front and the skirt has a metal zipper and hooks. Hand carved and dyed buttons on the jacket. Soft padding in shoulders and hidden weights in the hem of the jacket. It appears to have never been worn of worn very little. The color is slightly different in person and more a true fuchsia pink then how it photoed

Sleeves: 21"
Shoulders: 14"
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 23" from neck to hem

Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 24" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3812

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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