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dress 2002.21

Object Name: cocktail dress

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

Accession Number: 2002.21
Image Copyright: ©Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • satin

Cocktail dress in dull black silk satin; elbow length sleeves; round cross-over neck with attached made-up bow to left; horizontal waist with pleated skirt; full skirt with attached black net underskirt; CB zip to waist; underarm set-in gussets; woven label, black on cream 'Christian Dior Ltd London' and stamped '9937'
Donor paid £8 for the dress, second hand, in 1958 and wore it up to 1960. Her aunt, Eva, had a friend who used to repair and alter clothes for a Yorkshire lady and from this friend she bought second-hand several dresses for her daughters from a sale in aid of the lady's chosen charity. This was one of the donated dresses.


Type: length
Height: 107 cm

Type: bust
Height: 86