c.1978 Christian Dior Haute Couture Silk Dress with Lame Belt

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On June 15, 1978 Lisa Najeeb Halaby wed King Hussein wed and become his fourth wife and Queen of Jordan. Queen Noor chose a simple silk Dior gown by Marc Bohan for the ceremony and instantly became a style icon. Harper's Bazaar named the gown one of their "The Most Iconic Royal Wedding Gowns of All Time". That same year my client commissioned a version of the gown made and I am very pleased to offer that same gown here. I have also sourced an example from this same collection using the open cut work "ladder" technique seen on our gown from the Metropolitan Museum's collection. This dress comes direct from the daughter of the original Haute Couture client.

The gown is amazing and the attention to detail shown in every hand done stitch is breathtaking. It is entirely done by hand, as dictated by Haute Couture standards, and the silk chiffon is of the highest possible grade and as fine and light as a feather - it literally floats around you. The top floats over the torso for an easy fit and is left unlined, making it semi-transparent and incredibly romantic and beautiful. There is a double row of open cut "ladder" stitches that suspend the silk between them. Incredibly, upon close inspection, each of those little bars are individually covered with wrapped thread. The skirt is a masterpiece of bias cut silk chiffon as it floats and cascades to the floor from the waist. As it nears the hem there are 6 full panels of fabric that overlap each other and all six incorporate that same ladder technique used on the bodice. It has its original gold metal thread lame belt with a huge silk flower that you can tie at the waist or even choose to wear at the neck or as a head piece. There is also a square silk chiffon scarf that came with it that is not photoed but will be sent with the gown. It is truly a wonderful dress and when you see it in person you will be astounded at the level of craftsmanship and care put into the construction. A masterpiece and truly fit for a modern day queen. In excellent condition.

The skirt is lined in second layer of the same silk used on the exterior while the bodice is unlined. It is completely made by hand as the parameters of Haute Couture dictates. It closes with a handset, low side painted metal zip below the waist and and above that the bodice closes with a series of hand set, silk covered snaps. Inner waist stay the hooks to close. Note there is no label but it is guaranteed to be Dior. Museum quality

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 18" from shoulder to waist but drapes to approx 15" when on
Skirt: 39.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Photo Credits: Queen Noor in a Christian Dior Gown & King Hussain of Jordan on their wedding day, 1978 (credits unknown) / Dior Evening Ensemble from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Online Collection

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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  • Seller Location
    Toronto, Canada
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    LU1283275713
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