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Superb Late 1970s Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Minimalist Demi-Couture Black Silk Dress

This is a very chic late 1970s Christian Dior dress from the Marc Bohan years. It is a wonderful example of the work being done during this time period and shows the restraint that the label could have when it delved into minimalism. It is a very easy and comfortable dress to wear. Don't let the simplicity of it fool you. This is a dream to wear and the simple lines are offset  by the high quality silk and the ease and beauty it has once on.

The dress is made from a black silk that drapes beautifully over the body. The bodice has an almost squared off feel to it with a straight across neckline at both the back and the front. Circling the entire top of the bodice is a panel that falls from the upper edge. This floats over the bust and if you cinch on the waist like I did it creates this beautiful line. You can also wear it without adding anything around the natural waist and it has a more skimming over the body feel to it. Underneath that panel the inner bodice is cut to skim over the bust and then it widens out slightly as it nears the waist line. The waist seam is dropped low to just about the top of the hips. This play on proportion gives the dress a touch of an unusual feel but without needing anything extra in terms of ornamentation. Adding a low slung belt at this seam would give the dress yet another look to it. At the back it stays as simple as the front. The skirt is set into the dropped waist seam in a series of small soft gathers and this gives it the ability to softly move around you when you move. The label on the set is numbered and when you see that in a Dior Boutique label it most often meant that the piece was a special order or was a custom made order for a client in the atelier but fitted at the boutique store rather then in Paris. This is a dress that you just slip on and it is perfect for day or evening. The different ways that you can wear help to extend its life and let you wear it more. You can see the hand work throughout and it is beautifully made. Excellent condition.  

Unlined and weighs ounces. It closes with a side set zipper. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. The ribbon at the waist in the photos is not original bit will be included. 

Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Dropped waist seam: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Natural hips: to 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 17" from top of shoulder to dropped seam
Skirt: 41" from waist to hem.

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4108

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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