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A Dior/ Bohan Couture Cream Lace Dress and Bolero numbered 94445 Circa 1965

$1,972.46

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Circa 1965 France Bolero and dress set in guipure and cream lace with floral pattern by Christian Dior dating from 1960/1965. Fitted bustier in cream tulle with high waist and thin straps fully lined with matching tulle and muslin. Flared skirt from the waist with five petticoats in cream tulle and an underskirt in cream silk pongee. Closure of the dress on the back by snaps and hook. Bolero with short sleeves and heart-shaped neckline closing at the front with snaps and hooks. Lining of the bolero in tulle. Label white background black graphic inside the dress Christian Dior Paris Printemps Ete (illegible date) Made in France numbered 94445. Very good condition of color and conservation. Dimensions: Equivalent French Size 34-36. Front height 101 Back height 85 cm Shoulders 37 cm Sleeves 15 cm Chest 84 cm Waist 61 cm Hips 86 cm Most likely a ceremonial dress from the beginning of the artistic direction of Marc Bohan at the head of the designer house Dior around 1962. Calais lace in guipure of extreme finesse. The petticoats in tulle require ironing to give more volume to the skirt Clean set, no stains, wearable in the condition. Complete bustier in a good condition. The hem of the silk pongee underskirt is to redo. Petticoat in tulle in average condition.

Details

  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: Equivalent French Size 34/36 (EU)
  • Style
    1960/1965 (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent condition and color.
  • Seller Location
    Toulon, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU63336185442

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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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