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A Miss Dior Evening Dress by Philippe Guibourgé Circa 1970

$1,141.13

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Circa 1968 - 1972 France Elegant long evening dress signed "Miss Dior" by Philippe Guibourgé around 1970. Very beautiful stretch black silk crepe allowing a heavy drape that moves wonderfully well. Sober cut with apparent simplicity, bustier with a crew neck and long sleeves, zip fastening at the back. Slit skirt slightly pleated at the waist which is held by a grosgrain belt inside. Astonishing work of split skirt cut in the bias and draped in one piece seamless at the bottom. Wide belt in black silk satin ribbon forming a loop on the front and held by hooks hidden under the knot. Black woven label attached to the zip indicating Miss Dior Made in France. No lining. No defect. Very good condition of color and conservation. Dimensions: Equivalent French Size 36 Height 153 cm Shoulders 37 cm Sleeve 57 cm Chest 82 cm Waist 64 cm Hips 85 cm Slit 48 cm Philippe Guibourgé is a French stylist born in 1931 and died in 1986. Known for having worked alongside Jacques Fath, he assisted Antonio del Castillo at Lanvin for three years. He entered at the house designer Dior in 1960 with Marc Bohan. With Adeline André, he is the creator of the Miss Dior ready-to-wear line created in 1967. In 1974, he joined the designer house Chanel where he also took care of the ready-to-wear line.

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  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: Equivalent French Size 36 (EU)
  • Style
    1968 - 1972 (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very Good Condition and Color.
  • Seller Location
    Toulon, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU63339537122

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    Ships From: Toulon, France
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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.

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