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1960 silk cocktail dress (1984.713)

Object Name: cocktail dress

Artist/Maker: Christian Dior, London
Role in production: designer
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Date: 1956-1957

Accession Number: 1984.713
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • grosgrain
  • silk
  • machine stitched

Black grosgrain silk with low, almost V-necked bodice, elbow-length sleeves, and full skirt. Bodice cut full and gathered loosely into seam at centre front, and wiuth a made-up fan shaped bow centre front. Skirt stiffened, with deep gathered pleat in centre and two smaller pleats each side of front. Fastens centre back with zip and press studs. Attached underdress of stiff black net with boned bodice, shaped, foam-lined cups and 4-layered skirt. All seams are machine sewn and finished, some handsewn facings.
Label "Christian Dior, Made in England by Christian Dior Ltd. London" and "Samuels, Manchester".
Very similar Dior dress in French Vogue, Octobre 1956, p.83.


Type: Length
Height: 107 cm

Type: Waist
Height: 69