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Prettiest Fall 1977 Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Runway On or Off Shoulder Ruffle Dress w Balloon Sleeves

This is a very pretty and easy to wear Fall 1977 runway dress from Christian Dior from the Marc Bohan years. It is a wonderful example of the work being done during this time period. It is also a dress that we were very happy to be able to date and document. The runway photos give you a great idea of how it looks on the body and I love that you have the option of wearing the neckline on or off the shoulder. I have also included a press advanced photo of a shorter version of the dress in the same colour just so you can see that this is the colour that was used for the show. Bohan often showed two or three versions of pieces in the same fabrics and the dress I have for you today is the twin of the longer runway piece. It is fantastic.

This gorgeous dress has a bit of a bohemian vibe to it and that combined with the deep mustard colour and feather light silk chiffon make it a heavenly piece. If I was perfectly honest, I don't even think that it photoed that well because when I see it in person I feel like it is a million times better. It is really a dress that needs a body in it to fully come to life and be worn properly. The silk chiffon is covered in a pretty delicate print that covered the entire dress. I love the care that has been put into making sure that the print follows the different elements of the dress perfectly. This would have taken extra fabric and extra care so that it all lays as perfectly as it does. The silk chiffon is light in weight and floats beautifully over the body. The neckline is ruffled and has an elastic that runs through it. This allows you to wear it up on top of the shoulders or you can pull it down so that it is sitting off the shoulders. The front ties with a black velvet ribbon above a keyhole. The body of the top is loose and full and skims down to an easy cut waist. On the runway you can see that it was shown with a black velvet belt and I have added a velvet ribbon in one shot here that I will include. Each sleeve is full and billows out above a ruffled cuff that is detailed with another little velvet bow. The skirt falls to the floor and widens out as it nears the hem. It is made out of five tiers of ruffled silk chiffon and these add incredible movement when you move. I love the versatility of the shoulder and how the feel of the dress changes depending on whether you wear it belted or not. It is also so well made that I think you could choose to turn it around and have the keyhole and bow at the back if you wished. The sheer lightness of it is amazing and makes it very easy and comfortable to wear. It is fabulous. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.

Unlined and slips over the head to wear. The neckline, waist and cuffs have elastic and the neckline ties to close. 

Sleeves: approx 27"
Shoulders: no true defined seams
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Dropped bodice: approx 20" from top of bodice to waist
Total length: " from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4746

Reference Photos: (1) Fall 1977 Christian Dior Ready To Wear Advance.  /  (2-5) Fall 1977 Christian Dior Runway.

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