Late 1960s Miss Dior Velvet Midi Dress w Large Bead and Cord Detailing

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 black velvet dress has a bit of the feel of the turn of the century in its design. That whole 1800s milk maiden look was all the rage in the sixties and this dress touches on that in an appeal to the younger audience that this label was after.  the dress itself is cut fairly simple in its execution. The neck is scooped and the bust fitted. The waist is set high and the skirt below that is a sleek sheath that falls to mid-calf with a gentle flare as it nears the hem. The shoulders have a subtle capping effect and the sleeves are cut slim. The fabric itself becomes a design detail and the velvet gives it a rich feel. The twist comes into play with a detailing of large flat backed, glossy ovals that are set along the waist and in a double row on each sleeve. Each one of them is a full inch and a quarter high and they are set within a cord made out of a woven yarn. This gives you three plays on texture - the gloss of the beads, the matte of the yarn and the richness of the velvet. It is lined in high end silk finished beautifully. Excellent condition

Fully lined in black, hand set silk lining and closes with a back painted metal zipper. There are a couple of spots where the pile of velvet has been pressed the opposite way so it catches the light differently - very minor. Each cuff has hidden zippers. Note that it was too small for the mannequin - it closes completely to the neck on the proper sized girl

Inset shoulders: 13.5"
Sleeves: 13"
Bust: 16.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Empire waist at the band: 14" from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11" from shoulder seam to top of detailing at the waist seam
Skirt length: 39" from top of detailing at the waist seam to bottom hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: XXS-XS

Item# DD746

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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