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Spring 1977 Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Purple & Multi Coloured Stripe Cotton Jersey Dress

This is a very pretty and easy to wear Christian Dior dress from the Marc Bohan years. I just had a black version of it in the shop and it was exciting to have a purple one come in so soon after that one. 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. You can see in those photos that there were three versions of this dress made of this look and this seems to be a fourth with its little straps. I love that you could tuck the straps in and wear it as a strapless if you wanted as well.

The dress is made from a purple coloured cotton that has a horizontal stripes running through it in various bright colors. This is a play on that classic summer tube dress that was all the rage in the late 1970s. You just slip it on and tighten the tie at the neckline and the one at the waist to shape it. The ties are made of the same fabric and I loved that this gives them that little bit of color. The dress is suspended from two little straps. It is cut straight across the top. 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 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. I shot one photo like that for you so you can see. 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 elastic 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

Elastic at top of bust: 12-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam and can be cinched in by several inches
Hips: 19-22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4355

Reference Photos: (1) Model in Dior, L'Officiel US, 1977.  /  (2-5) Christian Dior Spring 1977 Ready to Wear Advance.  /  (6) 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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