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Spring 1977 Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Black Cotton Jersey Striped Off Shoulder Ruffled Dress

This is a very pretty and easy to wear Christian Dior dress from the Marc Bohan years. I recently had one of the other versions of this dress in the shop and it was exciting to have the second of the three designs he created for these come in so soon. It is a wonderful example of the work being done for day wear during this time period. It is also a dress that is fabulously documented. It was photoed for L'Officiel that season and was part of the press package prior to the collection release. We even found some colour photos of it for this one. You can see in those photos that there were three versions of this dress made of this look and this is the twin of the off shoulder one you see on the reference photos here. I love it. 

This dress also stands out from the previous ones I have had because it feels brand new. The fabric is still crisp and I don't think it was ever worn. The dress is made from a black cotton that has a horizontal stripe running through it in various bright primary colours. This one also has a more full and swingy skirt that I love. To wear it you just slip it on and tighten the tie at the neckline to hold it in place either around your shoulders or up on them and then there is a tie at the waist to shape it as well. The ties are made of the same fabric and I loved that this gives them that little bit of color. The dress has that fantastic wide ruffle at the shoulders and you can see in the photos how much movement this creates. Underneath that the bodice is cut to skim over you to the ties at the waist. I prefer it tied more loosely so you get that sense of swing that the dress has but you could also bring the length of the skirt up by tying the waist tie tighter and having the top blouse over it more. We did that for the last two full length shots here. The skirt widens out to be quite full by the time it reaches its hem. It is made of three tiers of fabric and each widens out more as it goes down to the hem. This gives you lovely movement when you move. It is fantastic. Excellent condition.

Unlined and slips on to wear. You can adjust the tie around the shoulders at the front of the bodice and also the tie through the waist. The easy cut and adjustable fit should allow it to fit on a range of sizes. It looks to have been worn very little if at all and the colours are still crisp and true

Bust: 16-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam and can be cinched in by several inches
Hips: 19-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS - MED

Item# DD4592

Reference Photos: (1) Model in Dior, L'Officiel US, 1977.  /  (2-12) Christian Dior Spring 1977 Ready to Wear Advance.  /  (13) Spring 1977 Christian Dior.

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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