Object Name: cocktail dress
Artist/Maker: Christian Dior, London
Role in production: designer
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Accession Number: 1984.713
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries
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.
Height: 107 cm