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Prettiest Spring 1982 Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Haute Couture Sleeveless Ivory Silk & Lace Top

This pretty little top comes from the spring 1982 Christian Dior Haute Couture collection. This would have been from when Marc Bohan was the Creative Director for the atelier. When hunting for documentation on this we found a photo from that same collection of a variation on this design. You can see that the same combination of the ivory silk and lace were used for it. It was not unusual for a couture client to order pieces made to suit her best and this could be the only one like this that exists. It is very difficult sometime to date separates and I love having this reference photo for the collector.

This is a very pretty little top. That's a wonderful way to add a little piece of Haute Couture to your wardrobe to mix in with modern pieces. It is extremely well made and done completely by hand. It combines a liquid ivory silk, that feels very much like those beautiful bias cuts silks from the 1930s and 40s, with a handmade ivory lace. The silk angles down the front and then a second panel of it is set an a wider angled stripe across the back. The top is sleeveless and the front is scooped. The cut through the body is a bit more towards a box shape so that it is easy to wear and glides over the body. It is completely lined in a fine ivory silk chiffon and its little couture tag is discreetly tucked in along the side seam near the hem. It weighs ounces and is one of those pieces that you just slip on and immediately feel like you've added a little extra something to an outfit. Excellent condition with a couple of minor notes below. 

Fully lined in an ivory silk chiffon behind the lace parts and the silk parts are unlined. It is entirely made by hand as per Haute Couture standards. It slips over the head to wear with no closures. I see a little bit of yellowing and grubbiness near the very edge of one arm and there is a tiny repair along an inner seam inside. The lining is attached to the bottom and it seems to curl up just a touch because of it. There are a couple of the teeniest little smudge marks on the silk part. All of these are very tiny and mentioned for accuracy. Please see the photos after the label shot. 

Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam & widens to 18" by the lower hem
Length: 22" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4531

Reference Photo: Christian Dior Spring 1982 Couture Advance Preview.

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