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Minimalist Spring 1977 Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Haute Couture Red Silk Jersey Dress w Button Back

I acquired this dress many years ago from the estate of a model who worked for Dior in the 1970s and was often paid in clothing. Somewhere along the way this one lost it's Dior tag and only has the hand written model tag. We did source the editorial photo of it from 1977 which I have included here so you can get an idea of how great it is on the body. It is beautifully made to Haute Couture standards and a gorgeous little dress that is easy to wear.

The dress is made from a red silk jersey that has a wonderful drape once on the body. The cut is loose and easy and meant to skim over the body. It is so easy to wear and flattering. If you did want more shape you could easily add a belt to get an entirely different look. It has a little cap sleeves and the shoulders are soft. The neckline has a bit of a draped cowl feel to it at the front and this is achieved with a triangle of fabric set by hand at the neckline. The bodice is cut to skim over you and the low slung waist is seamed but has a generous cut. It sits more on the top of the hips so that the top blouses over it a bit. You could also wear it straighter and longer depending on how it sits on you. The skirt falls from there and widen out a touch as it nears the hem. There are pockets on each hip for the perfect slouchy cool feel. At the back it buttons to close with matching silk jersey covered buttons and then zips under that. The skirt is in set through that easy cut waist with tiny gathers so you have a little bit of extra fullness. It is just one of those perfectly easy to wear, slip on and go, dresses and the fact that it is couture and completely made by hand is just added bonus. Great overall condition with small notes below.

Unlined and closes with the buttons at the back. It has a numbered tag in the interior. There is a scattering of light marks here and there and a light graze to the fabric. A couple of lighter areas on the fabric on the back and across the top of the shoulders where the colour has faded a touch. All these are apparent when laid out flat, but once on most disappear or are forgivable. Please see the photo after the label shot

Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 18-22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 21" from top of the shoulder to top of the band at the waist
Total length: 55" from top of the shoulder to hem with 2" turned under

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4639

Reference Photo: Christian Dior dress, L'officiel de la mode n°630, 1977

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