Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 11

CHRISTIAN DIOR HAUTE COUTURE Purple Crinkle Gown Betsy Bloomingdale 1988

$8,595

About

This is a long purple gown by Christian Dior Haute Couture, from 1988. It is made of a crinkled chiffon, with a fitted bustier, flower, and a long shoulder wrap. In excellent vintage condition. Provenance: Betsy Bloomingdale Measures Length: 52" Bust: 30.5" Waist: 27.5" Hip: 40" Only serious inquiries please. The Paper Bag Princess, Inc.

Details

  • Designer
  • Dimensions
    Length: 52 in. (132.08 cm)Marked Size: 2 (US)Bust: 30.5 in. (77.47 cm)Waist: 27.5 in. (69.85 cm)Hip: 40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU481862393

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping

    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More

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.

About the Seller
5.0
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 1995
1stDibs seller since 2009
521 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 19 hours
More From This Seller
  • Christian Dior Haute Couture Long Blue Gown Provenance Betsy Bloomingdale 1988
    By Christian Dior
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    This is a long royal blue silk taffeta gown by Christian Dior Haute Couture, from 1988-89. The gown has long sleeves, a wrapped front and back bodice, a large bow on the side hip, a...
    Category

    1980s Evening Gowns

  • CHRISTIAN DIOR New York Circa 1950 Navy Blue Chiffon Gown
    By Christian Dior
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    This is a navy blue chiffon gown by Christian Dior New York, Circa 1950. The gown has a navy blue silk slip under it, a large bow on the front bodice, and a deep "v" in the back.
    Category

    Late 20th Century Evening Gowns

  • CHRISTIAN DIOR HAUTE COUTURE Aqua Draped Gown Size 0 2
    By Christian Dior
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    This Christian Dior gown is composed of an aqua crepe silk with as silk satin slip. Features an asymmetrical design with a side zipper. In excellent vintage condition, there are som...
    Category

    20th Century Evening Gowns

  • CHRISTIAN DIOR COUTURE Provenance Betsy Bloomingdale Nude Silk Chiffon Gown
    By Christian Dior
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    This Christian Dior gown is composed of a nude silk. Features and elastic neckline and sleeves with a pleated waist, which may be style on or off the shoulders. Comes with a slip ski...
    Category

    20th Century Evening Gowns

  • Christian Dior Nude, Pink, & Purple Ombre Chiffon Halter Evening Gown, 1990's
    By John Galliano, Christian Dior
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    This is a chiffon evening gown by Christian Dior, from the 1990's. It has a halter neck, drop waist, gathered draped chiffon at the hip, and covered "bridal buttons" down the side se...
    Category

    1990s Evening Gowns

  • Christian Dior Haute Couture Black Velvet Cocktail Dress
    By Christian Dior
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    This is a custom Haute Couture cocktail dress from Christian Dior. It is a lovely fitted dress with a bow at the waist, made from a soft black velvet. There is a metal zipper down th...
    Category

    1960s Cocktail Dresses

You May Also Like

1970s Christian Dior By Marc Bohan Hiroshige Wave Silk Chiffon Vintage 70s Gown
By Christian Dior, Marc Bohan
Located in San Diego, CA
Absolutley stunning rare 1970s vintage CHRISTIAN DIOR by MARC BOHAN hiroshige wave novelty print silk chiffon evening gown maxi dress ! Features a beautiful print in vibrant colors o...
Category

1970s Evening Gowns

Christian Dior Vintage Robe De Chambre Monogrammed
By Christian Dior
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Vintage Dior Robe de Chambre Monogrammed, blue, one size. Condition: Pre-owned, vintage, good features including a belt, different loop holes, two front pockets, and is in general gr...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Bathrobes

John Galliano for Christian Dior S/S 2009 Silk Halter Dress
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous rich purple silk halter dress by John Galliano for Christian Dior. It is fitted through the bodice with a stunning intricately detailed ruffle trimmed plunge halter neckli...
Category

Early 2000s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Christian Dior by John Galliano denim-printed silk bias-cut dress, fw 2000
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Rare Christian Dior silk evening dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Trompe-l'œil bleach-streaked denim print ▪ Bias-cut ▪ Asymmetric hemline ▪ Halter-neck ▪ Long scarf ties fa...
Category

Early 2000s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Christian Dior Haute Couture Violet Gown With Silk Tassels size M
By Christian Dior
Located in Montgomery, TX
Luxurious vintage floor length Christian Dior haute couture gown in violet-coloured crepe silk. Slim silhouette is created by wide belt decorated with beaded silk tassels. Exceptio...
Category

1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

F/W 2004 Christian Dior by John Galliano Purple Cheetah Print Silk Ruffle Gown
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a stunning purple animal print silk chiffon dress designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior's Fall/Winter 2004 collection. This 'Gambler' print debuted on t...
Category

Early 2000s Maxi Dresses

Christian Dior by John Galliano Runway Stylish Asian Inspired Dress
By Christian Dior
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Fall 2009 Dior Runway Collection by John Galliano was created lightly based on the orientalism of Paul Poiret and a century past Parisian Couture fashion. Fashioned in raspb...
Category

Early 2000s Chinese Dresses

Christian Dior Haute Couture Gown Autuwm/Winter 1972
By Christian Dior
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a periwinkle silk organza floor length gown. The one shoulder design has a high waist and features delicate organza ruffles over the bust and the back. The gown includes a ...
Category

1970s Evening Gowns

Christian Dior by John Galliano fuchsia silk bias cut evening dress, fw 1999
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior fuchsia silk one shoulder evening dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Cowl neckline ▪ Spaghetti strap and short sleeve ▪ Fabric covered buttons at side seam ▪ An...
Category

1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Christian Dior by John Galliano fuchsia crepe satin evening dress, fw 1999
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in London, GB
▪ Christian Dior evening dress ▪ Designed by John Galliano ▪ Fuchsia crepe satin ▪ Bias cut ▪ Multiple fabric covered buttons at the side opening ▪ Wide collar extending over the ...
Category

1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Trusted Global Delivery