S/S 1974 Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Haute Couture Palm Print Silk Plunge Dress
In the present world of Haute Couture, a gown like this would have a starts price of well over $75,000US dollars. Considering that House of Dior is still producing Haute Couture that fact easily makes a dress like this a virtual steal. You also get the added exclusivity that automatically comes with the rarefied world of true Haute Couture and the truly limited productions of each piece. Haute Couture is the very pinnacle of the fashion experience and I would hazard to say that vintage versions are even a little more special then modern ones. This dress comes direct from the daughter of the original Haute Couture client and has not been on the market prior to my having it here!
The gown is amazing and the attention to detail shown in every stitch breathtaking. It is insanely sexy despite the fact that it covers you from head to toe. It is entirely done by hand and the silk chiffon is of the highest possible grade and as fine and light as a feather - it literally floats around you. It has a opening that runs down the middle front that goes right from the neck to the waist with a long tie that partially covers the opening so you get just a hint of bare skin as you move. It is so well made that I found that it worked with this opening at the front or the back and I have taken photos of it on the mannequin both ways and with different tying options. The top is cut to float over the torso and is left unlined so is semi-transparent and incredibly romantic and beautiful. Each sleeves is cut so that it puffs voluminously above the fitted cuffs. The skirt is a masterpiece of bias cut silk chiffon as it floats and cascades to the floor form the waist. It is truly a brilliant, brilliant dress and when you see it in person you will be astounded at the level of craftsmanship and care put into the construction and knocked out by its sheer beauty. A masterpiece. In excellent condition with a minor note to review below
The skirt is lined in a nude, high grade silk while the bodice and sleeves are unlined. It is completely made by hand as the parameters of Haute Couture dictates. It closes with a handset, side painted metal zip and part of the bodice snaps into place at the waist with a series of hand set, fabric covered snaps. Each cuffs buttons with a fabric covered button.There is the teeniest bit of fraying on one button and I see some marks near the hem of the V side of the dress. They almost look like a part of the pattern and with the amount of fabric in the dress you would never see these when on. Photos of the button and mark after the label shot. Inner waist stay the hooks to close. Haute Couture number 004087. Note that in person the color present as more pink overall then how it photoed. It is much better in person.
Sleeves: approx 24"
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12-12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 40" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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