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Christian Dior Demi-Couture Peach Silk "Apron" Dress, circa 1965

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A similar dress in yellow was photoed in 1965 and the dress with its beautiful, almost iridescent peach is even prettier in my opinion. Marc Bohan was only a couple of years into his tenure as head of Dior and the 1965 collection was a study in line and cut. He designed a gown called the "Eloise" that year that has a similar cut and apron technique used in the skirt, it is the obvious that this dress is descended from that. I have included photos of both dresses as reference. The first thing about this dress that you are drawn to is the color. It is an amazing shade of peach and the camera does not quite capture the slightly iridescent quality that the silk adds to its impact. In person it is gorgeous and the color is richer and has more depth. The dress is immaculately constructed. For example, the edge of each inner seam is painstakingly wrapped in a thin banding of silk chiffon. The work to do this with such a finicky fabric would have taken hours to complete just this one detail and it is a detail that is unseen. The dress has a almost sculptural feel to its shape. The bodice is sleeveless and has a softly scooped neck. It is cut and fitted to skim over the body by perfectly placed seaming. The skirt is deceptive as it appears to be a simple cut but it is actually constructed in layers. There is an inner fitted skirt that has two slit pockets that sit on each hip. Over this inner layer are two attached panels, one that sits over the front of the skirt and the other that sits over the back. The best way to describe it is like an attached apron that leaves the sides open on either side to see the inner skirt. It is exquisite. Excellent condition with a note to review below concerning the inner lining. The dress is fully lined in a white silk chiffon on both the inner dress and under the skirt overlays. The inner silk bodice is lined in a silk crepe. It closes at the back with a painted metal, hand set zipper. There is a second hand set 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. Some of the inner lining is splitting horizontally here and there as the fabric used was so fine and delicate. I have chose to leave it as found rather then having it removed. 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. The label is numbered denoting its demi-couture status. 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 Reference photo: (1) Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, 1965. / (2-3) from the book Dior, Marc Bohan 1961-1989 by Assouline. 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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  • Designer
  • Brand
    Christian Dior
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. Some of inner lining is splitting horizontally here and there as the fabric used was so fine and delicate. It is all original and is stable and wearable as is and of course you do not see once on.Please expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 42 in.

    D 106.68 cm

  • Marked size
    SML-MED (US)
  • Bust
    18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Waist
    14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Hip
    19.5 in. (49.53 cm)
  • Length
    42 in. (106.68 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD953
  • Reference number
    LU1284332281

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