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Fantastic Early 1970s Miss Dior Black Silk Velvet Fused Onto Black Transparent Silk Chiffon Dress

The Miss Dior label launched in 1967 and it was meant to appeal more to the daughters of the established couture clients. The boutique was right next door to the Couture atelier and the line was sold only there and in stores throughout France. In December of 1970 the line hit the US market, in place of the by then finished Dior-New York label. It was an instant hit. The clothing produced for this label was made in the Dior workrooms and was designed primarily by Phillipe Guiborgé, who also designed the boutique lines, but was still overseen and finalized by Marc Bohan.

This dress is gorgeous. One of the best I have seen from this label. The dress has that easy to wear feel that so many of the best of Dior's work has. The collar is wide across the neckline and there is a keyhole that closes with a little snap. The dress is so well-made that I actually wasn't sure which side the keyhole went and it seem to fit best on my dress form with it at the front. I think you could wear it which ever way works best on you. The dress is made of a single layer of a black silk chiffon that has a beautiful pattern fused onto it in a black velvet. The parts between the velvet are transparent and you could wear something nude underneath to play on that or do a colour or solid black to make it opaque. The dress skims over the bodice to a seam at the waist. A velvet ribbon that is stitched into a bow sits at the front and hooks into place to give you some shape through the waist. Under that the skirt flares out and depending on your height, will hit the knee or just below. The sleeves are fantastic and each one is full and balloons out over its cuffs. There is piping at the edge of the cuff and a button to hold it at your wrist. The volume this creates above that is fantastic. It is a stunning dress that makes a strong statement. Excellent condition

Unlined and it slips over the head with a button closure at the back of the neck and a fine metal zipper at the side. Elastic through the waist. The belt hooks to close under the bow with a hook and eye. A button at each cuff. Lace edging on the inner hem and hand finishes. It is meant to blouse and then you bring the waist in. The belt is 29" where it hooks and you could adjust this down if needed.

Sleeves: 26"
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: to 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 26"" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 27.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4496

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