c1965 Numbered Christian Dior London Simple Silk Dress

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The first thing about this dress that drops your jaw is of course the color. It is an amazing shade of peach and the camera does not quite capture how fabulous it is. It is a far richer and a more saturated peach hue in person! The label picture is closest to the correct color, but still does not fully capture it. There is something about the simplicity and chicness of the monochrome collar and the sheen of the weighted silk that is stunning. The dress is immaculately constructed and for fans of couture the details in this one will make you weep. Each inner edge is painstakingly wrapped in a thin banding of silk chiffon - the work to do this with such a finicky fabric would have taken hours of work and patience. The dress itself is almost sculptural in shape. The bodice is sleeveless with a scooped neck and fitted to the body by perfectly placed seaming. A curved band emphasizes and brings the waist in. The skirt is marvelous - there is an inner fitted skirt with two small side pockets at each hip. Over this at both the front and back are attached over-skirts - panels that sit over the front and back, apron style - leaving the sides open to see the inner skirt. The fabric has a sleek, rich sheen and it is all perfectly finished by hand. Based on the similarity in cut to the dress shown in yellow and after some extensive research, I am dating this to the 1965 collection. It is exquisite and a stunning, rare and early Dior! Excellent, museum quality condition.

The dress is fully lined in a white silk chiffon both in the inner dress and under the skirt overlay. The inner silk bodice is a silk crepe. It closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. There is a second metal zipper that closes the inner waist and bodice. Hook and eye are hidden to close the band set at the waist. All the edges of the inner seams are finished with a silk chiffon edging. Hand stitching and hand finishes. It has it's original Harrod's label as well as the Dior labels. Some of the inner lining is splitting horizontally here and there as the fabric used was so fine and delicate. I have had it secured where I can but chose to leave it in rather then having it removed altogether as it is all original and is stable and wearable as is and of course you do not see the lining when it is on. It appears to have not been worn or worn very little otherwise.

Bust: 18.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 26" from waist to to bottom hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD953

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent.
  • Marked Size
    SML-MED (US)
  • Seller Location
    Toronto, Canada
  • Reference Number
    AU1208271281178
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