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1960s Christian Dior Patron Original Wool Crepe Dress

$2,995

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This is the little black dress by one of the most revered fashion houses of all time and during Marc Bohan's time as head designer. He took over as creative director from Yves Saint Laurent in 1960 and stayed with the house of Dior until 1989, designing for numerous royal figures including Princess Grace of Monoco and Hollywood stars like Sophia Loren. This Patron label demi-couture tailored dress has a number of couture elements and the label usually indicated a custom ordered piece. This dress is a superbly tailored shift style with a scoop neckline that sits quite high up sweeping the collar bone; very Holly Golightly and immortalised by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961. This dress is probably from the same period or a few seasons later. The wool crepe is of extremely fine quality and there is a pleasing weight to the fabric. The dress is silk lined and there is a generous seam allowance too. Much of the dress has been constructed by hand. It fastens with a zip at the centre back and there is a decorative tie on the bust-line seam at the back as well as one covered button to fasten the top. Overall, the condition is vintage excellent. There is one small area of thinning on the front, possibly moth damage which is very small and not immediately noticeable on inspection. This could be invisibly mended. I would normally have this restoration carried out but this is archival quality and the new owner may wish to instruct these works themselves. That said, this is very wearable as is and the thinning virtually indetectable when worn. Estimated best fit up to UK size 10 or US 6. MEASUREMENTS: BUST - 35 in. (89 cm) WAIST - 33 in. (84 cm) HIP - 38 in. (96.5 cm) LENGTH - 41 in. (104 cm)

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  • Dimensions
    Length: 41 in (104.14 cm)Marked Size: 6 (US)Bust: 35 in (88.9 cm)Waist: 33 in (83.82 cm)Hip: 38 in (96.52 cm)
  • Style
    1960S (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU55010893402

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About the Designer

Christian Dior

When Christian Dior launched his couture house, in 1946, he wanted nothing less than to make “an elegant woman more beautiful and a beautiful woman more elegant.” He succeeded, and in doing so the visionary designer altered the landscape of 20th century fashion.

Dior was born in Granville, on the Normandy coast, in 1905. His prosperous haute bourgeois parents wanted him to become a diplomat despite his interest in art and architecture. However, they agreed to bankroll an art gallery, which Dior opened in 1928 in Paris with a friend.

This was the start of Dior’s rise in the city’s creative milieu, where he befriended Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. After seven years as an art dealer, Dior retrained as a fashion illustrator, eventually landing a job as a fashion designer for Robert Piguet, and in 1941, following a year of military service, he joined the house of Lucien Lelong. Just five years later, with the backing of industrialist Marcel Boussac, the ascendant Dior established his own fashion house, at 30 avenue Montaigne in Paris.

Just two years after the end of World War II, the fashion crowd and the moribund haute couture industry were yearning, comme tout Paris, for security and prosperity, desperate to discard the drab, sexless, utilitarian garb imposed by wartime deprivation. They needed to dream anew.

And Dior delivered: He designed a collection for a bright, optimistic future. “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian!” exclaimed Carmel Snow, the prescient American editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, famously proclaiming, “Your dresses have such a new look.” The press ran with the description, christening Dior’s debut Spring/Summer haute couture collection the New Look. “God help those who bought before they saw Dior,” said Snow. “This changes everything.”

Dior’s collection definitively declared that opulence, luxury and femininity were in. His skirts could have 40-meter-circumference hems, and outfits could weigh up to 60 pounds. They were cut and shaped like architecture, on strong foundations that molded women and “freed them from nature,” Dior said. Rather than rationing, his ladies wanted reams of fabric and 19-inch waists enforced by wire corsets, and the fashion world concurred. The debut got a standing ovation.

In the subsequent decade, Paris ruled as the undisputed fashion capital of the world, and Christian Dior reigned as its king. With the luxuriously full skirts of his New Look, suits and his drop-dead gorgeous evening dresses and ball gowns worthy of any princess, Dior gave women the gift of glamour they’d lost in the miserable years of war.

On 1stDibs, find an exquisite range of vintage Christian Dior clothing, jewelry, handbags and other items.

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