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A Christian Dior Haute Couture Little Black Dress by Marc Bohan Fall 1961



Collection Autumn Winter Fall 1961 France A Christian Dior Haute Couture little black cocktail dress of the first season of Mr. Marc Bohan at the head of the illustrious designer house in 1961 after the departure of Yves Saint Laurent. Sleeveless Slim Look dress (from the name of the 1961 collection) in black wool jersey and black satin gazar, waves superimposed from the bust to high waist. Shiny matte effect for this minimalist dress representing French chic. Thanks to Coco Chanel, the little black cocktail dress becomes a classic of purity. Label white background black graphics Christian Dior Paris Automne Hiver 1961 Made in France numbered 112985. Lining in silk muslin very slightly damaged otherwise excellent condition of color and conservation. In 1961, thanks to his first autumn-winter fall collection nicknamed Slim Look, he announced the era of a woman dressed without shackle. "The silhouette is supple, thin, the shoulders are natural, the waist undulates, the hips are very flat, the skirts flare gently in a lively movement and stop just after the birth of the knee", details the press release from this collection. The last picture shows Mr. Bohan with a similar dress. Dimensions: Equivalent French Size 38 Front height 102 cm Back height 100 cm Shoulders 35 cm Collar 16 cm Chest 93 cm Waist 70 cm Hips 97 cm


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    Marked Size: Equivalent French Size 38 (EU)
  • Style
    1961 (Of the Period)
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  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent Condition and Color.
  • Seller Location
    Toulon, FR
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    1stDibs: LU63336405551

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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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