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Spring 1977 Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Runway Documented White Silk & Multi Coloured Stripe Dress

This is a very pretty and easy to wear Christian Dior dress from the Marc Bohan years. I have had the cotton versions of this in the past but this is the first silk version I have found. 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 part of the press package prior to the collection release and we found the runway photo of it as well. I love that you can tuck the straps in and wear this as a strapless dress if you wanted.

The dress is made from a white silk that has a horizontal stripes running through it in various bright colours. 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 it sits suspended from the shoulders and those tiny blue straps that match the top stripe. There's a little decorative bow at the front and both the neckline of the top and the waist to have a touch of elastic in them so it's easy to fit. You literally just slipped this over the head and go. It is cut straight across the top and the bodice is cut to skim over you to the waist. I prefer it to sit more loosely so you get that sense of swing the dress has but you could also bring the length of the skirt up 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. The elastic through the neckline and waist is currently set to be quite loose and easy, but it would be a simple job to have your seamstress tighten it if needed to get the perfect fit. The easy cut should allow it to fit on a range of sizes. There is a bit of an illusion of colour run around the red striping because of the way, the colour reflects on the silk but when you look at it closely, it's almost imperceptible. I am being very picky

Bust: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Elastic waist: 12.5-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Slightly dropped bodice: 19"
Total length: 54" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD4747

Reference Photos: (1) Spring 1977 Christian Dior.  /  (2) Christian Dior Show at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, March 1977.

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