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Vintage 2003 Christian Dior by Galliano Metallic Blue Silk Lace-Up Bias Cut Gown

$4,000

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Breathtaking Christian Dior metallic leaf-motif patterned lamé silk and chiffon bias-cut gown. Dior is probably the best known name in high fashion since the late 1940's. This stunning Christian Dior documented gown from John Galliano's iconic 2003 spring-summer collection is a perfect example of why this couture house has stood the test of time. John Galliano is widely considered one of the most innovative and influential fashion designers of the early twenty-first century. He mingled his references in often surprising juxtapositions to create extravagant yet intricately engineered and meticulously tailored clothes. This gown is everything you look for in Galliano era Dior! I love the large-scale metallic gold floral silk mixed with the semi-sheer silk chiffon. Such a nod to 1930's style. The seductive bodice has a center lace-up design down both the front and back. The gold grommets give the gown a perfect amount of edge. The flattering bias-cut shape flows into a stunning side slit. This construction emphasizes a woman's seductive shape without adding any bulk or volume to the actual hips. The skirt portion has two flared double semi-sheer layers from the thighs to the hemline. The body of the dress is lined in the same fabric and there are the Dior signature small self covered buttons along one side. This is the type of gown you will reach for anytime you want to be noticed. A rare wearable piece of fashion history. Measurements (marked a EU 40) Bust: 34-36 inches Waist: 26-28 inches Hips: up to 38 inches Total Length: 58 inches This Christian Dior by John Galliano gown is in wonderful condition with no rips, holes or alternations. Presents beautifully. As shown, actress Goldie Hawn wore the same version to the 2003 Golden Globes. Only sign of wear is a few faint marks to the lace trim. Please message for detailed pictures. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.

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  • Dimensions
    Length: 58 in. (147.32 cm)Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Waist: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Hip: 38 in. (96.52 cm)
  • Style
    Bias Cut (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU30913090492

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    Ships From: Beverly Hills, CA
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About the Manufacturer

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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