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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: London, United Kingdom
Date: 1960

Accession Number: 1984.713
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • grosgrain
  • silk
Support
 
Technique
  • machine stitched
Description

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. 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.

Dimensions

Type: Length
Height: 107 cm
Width:
Depth:

Type: Waist
Height: 69
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