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1960 wool suit (1982.351)

Object Name: suit & blouse

Artist/Maker: Christian Dior, London
Role in production: designer
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Date: 1960-1961

Accession Number: 1982.351
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • wool
  • boucle
  • top-stitched

Suit of cream bouclé wool, with blouse of navy coarse linen-look fabric, plain weave.
Jacket: Single-breasted, 3/4-length tight sleeves. Short waisted, fastening with single large ivory plastic button and rouleau loop. Collar with wide revers, slightly curved a lower edge of lapel. Jacket shaped to waist with waist dart; curved side front seams have bust dart. Horizontal welt pockets. Sleeves cut in two pieces with slash at cuff. Centre back panels with dart each side shoulder. Weights in side-back and centre back hem. Lined ivory rayon crepe de chine, fronts paded.
Skirt: Cream bouclé wool. Waistband fastening centre back with hook, pop fastener and steel zip. Front panel of skirt has dart each side waist. Side front seams have vertical welt pockets. Knee-length has deep inverted pleats each side front seam, from mid-thigh to hem. Back cut in two panels with three darts each side waist. Back waist has boned petersham stiffening. Skirt lined cream satin-backed rayon crepe.
Blouse: Navy linen-look sleeveless gilet blouse lined with navy chiffon. Front fastening with three poppers and a hook. Collar with fairly wide lapels, top-stitched. Blouse is short waisted, to be worn outside skirt waistband. Darts centre front waist, diagonal bust darts in wide seams. Backs have dart each side at shoulder. Lower edge of jacket fronts cut away in a curve from mid-line. Edges and collar have two rows of top-stitching. 3cm self-fabric belt stitched into centre back seam, fastening loosely at front with a navy plastic button. Raw edges bound with chiffon bias binding and facings tacked in by hand.


Type: Jacket (length)
Height: 51 cm

Type: Skirt (waist)
Height: 26

Type: Skirt (length)
Height: 61

Type: Blouse (length)
Height: 47