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Christian Dior Red Maxi Dress & Shawl Documented 1970s

$2,800

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The House of Dior is known for its immaculately tailored ensembles and strikingly lavish couture gowns. Yet from time to time, Dior takes an unexpected turn. The 1978 collection created under the direction of Marc Bohan, took a colorful and adventurous angle through a combination of rich colors, and loose, folksy silhouettes. This dress is done in a vivid red georgette with a square burnout motif throughout. The dress begins with two satin ribbons that act as adjustable straps. An overlay drapes from the squared neckline adding an extra feminine dimension to the bodice. From a high empire waistline, the relatively straight skirt extends to an ankle length hem. The combination of the repeating square motif and the substantial skirt creates a flattering illusion of height. This dress also comes with a stunning shawl in a matching fabric done in red and honey gold. The shawl boasts a geometric print and an Art Nouveau floral border giving this shawl a regal and antique charm. This bold ensemble is sure to make a splash at any evening or formal event. Lively yet reserved, this dress can be seen pictured in a Dior 1978 editorial. Size estimate: Measurements: Bust: 36 inches Waist: up to 50 inches Hips: up to 50 inches Length: 59 inches, extra 2.5 inches if need to let down hem Shawl: Length: 125 inches Width: 46 inches This ensemble also comes with a matching fabric choker. The dress closes with a concealed zip and hooks and is fully lined in a matching semi-sheer fabric. In excellent condition, this ensemble has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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  • Dimensions
    Length: 59 in. (149.86 cm)Marked Size: medium (US)Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Hip: 50 in. (127 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    France
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  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Boca Raton, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU73011923552

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About the Manufacturer

Christian Dior

Christian Dior (1905–57) 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. There, the visionary couturier would alter the landscape of 20th century fashion. 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 — an expansive collection of which can be found on 1stDibs — Dior gave women the gift of glamour they’d lost in the miserable years of war.
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