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Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Haute Couture Silk Angel Sleeve Dress, Fall 1978

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This is an incredible dress by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior from the 1978 Fall Haute Couture collection. It is very dramatic with those long, extended and trained sleeves and really defines the fantasy nature of Haute Couture. It has both the dated and numbered couture label from the atelier and the original hand written tag from Neiman Marcus where it would have been ordered through directly from the atelier in France. That tag identifies it as being Look #54 from the runway and with an original price of $7,975 which converts to $29,434.97 in modern dollars. I have also found editorial reference photos from that year to document it. It is made of a vivid blue, liquid feeling silk a fabric reminiscent of the silks used in the 1930s. The fabric drapes exceptionally well, feels almost weightless once on and hold color exceptionally well. In this case the blue almost feels like it glows from within. The neckline is cut square and highlighted with a wide band of the same fabric that is top stitched for contrast. The dress flows from there to the floor in a bias cut column of silk with no defined waist. The sleeves They are attached to the top part of the shoulder and drape over the arm with the inner edges left open. This allows the fabric to open up fully and create a cape like effect. Little open loops lie along the edge near your hands and along the bottom. These allow you to slip a finger through to control the placement of the sleeve. In one photo included here I have shown this tacked up at the back. The full length of each sleeves from the shoulder to hem is approximately 7 1/2 feet so you have a lot of fabric to play with and style. It is an incredible piece of fashion history. It present as excellent but does have some small notes below concerning overall condition. Fully lined through the body in a blue tissue silk and closes with hidden set painted metal zipper at the side and a series of hook & eye just above that. Hand finished to haute couture standards. The fabric shows some slight areas of fading and slight discoloration throughout and there is a small area under each arm that shows discoloration (this does not show when on because of the cut of the sleeves) and also a slight yellowing to the fabric here and there - I have photoed the largest area which is about 1/4 the way up the back from the hem. Some darkening/storage marks to the sleeves that are minor. Sleeves: 87" approx. Shoulders: no defined seam Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam Length: 61" from waist to hem (sleeves add 28" to length) Slit at the side: 31" from hem to top of slit Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED Reference Photos: (1) Dior, 1978. Photo by Patrick Bertrand. Hair by Carita. / (2) L'Officiel n.645, 1978. Photo by Michel Picard. 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
    Good. Slight areas of fading, discoloration & yellowing. Some minor darkening/storage marks to sleeves. Please see all photos. Expand description above for full measurements..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Bust
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Waist
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Hip
    20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem
    61 in. (154.94 cm)
  • Seller location
    Toronto, CA
  • Seller reference number
    Item# DD2566
  • Reference number
    LU1284488411

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