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1980s Christian Dior Couture Blue Silk Dress

$1,595

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This 1980s French demi couture column dress is composed of swathes of blue chiffon silk, brought together with numerous haute couture stitching. It was purchased as a Dior and certainly has all the whole marks of high-end Dior boutique construction or Patron label. We have sold many pieces by the House over the years and although unlabelled, we are confident of the construction and pedigree. This is an ethereal, masterfully layered dress that commences with a full-length, princess-seamed sheath dress. This bottom layer is sleeveless. Over laying this sheath dress is a full length, faux cape that cascades from the shoulder seams and crosses over the back to make up the second layer. Finalising this sequence of layers is an asymmetric train that again, travels the full length of the dress from the left shoulder. Due to the dress being made up of both the sheath dress and this overlapping wrap, there are two zips. This dress has been exquisitely designed to allow the wearer an incredibly, weightless, layered look without adding bulk. The dress is beautifully lined in silk and is a piece of skilled couture whilst Marc Bohan was at the helm of Dior. The sleeves are gently tapered and finished with buttoned cuffs. Very good to excellent vintage condition overall. There are no significant marks or issues and the dress has clearly only been worn once or twice in its lifetime. If we are being extremely picky, there is the tiniest bit of colour fade on one of the shoulders but it's not perceptible when worn and can actually be covered by styling the train as a wrap. There are similar examples of Bohan's work on the runway which do just that. Best fit for up to a UK 8-10 or US 4-6. MEASUREMENTS Bust - 32 in. (81.3 cm) Waist - 29 in. (73.7 cm) Hip - 35 in. (88.9 cm) Min. Length - 57.5 in. (146 cm) Max. Length - 70 in. (178 cm) Shoulders - 18 in. (43.7 cm)

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  • Dimensions
    Length: 70 in (177.8 cm)Marked Size: 4 (US)Bust: 32 in (81.28 cm)Waist: 29 in (73.66 cm)Hip: 35 in (88.9 cm)
  • Style
    1980s (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
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  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU55013456152

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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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