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Dior 1954-5

Object Name: dress

Artist/Maker: Christian Dior, Paris
Role in production: maker
Place of Creation: Europe, France, Île-de-France, Paris
Date: 1955

Accession Number: 2006.47
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • satin
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Technique
 
Description

Chestnut brown silk satin coat-dress (redingote in the French) cut in the DB 'H-line' (princess line, without waist seam). Three quarter length sleeves ending in turn-up cuffs. Very wide revers. Double breasted with 5 pairs of self fabric covered buttons (two pairs concealed by the turn-down revers). Lined in black with stiffened interlining in skirt to create full shape. Labelled 'Christian Dior, Paris'
Belonged to Faith Eaton, the Queen's doll restorer who lived in Little Venice. The suggestion has been made that this outfit was too grand and expensive for her, so was a perquisite from Princess Margaret, a devotee of Dior.
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a similar coat-dress dated a/w 1955 (C.1.67.2.8).
Balenciaga made a very similar DB satin redingote, advertised in L'Art et la Mode Sept 1955 p.101 (AW collections).

Dimensions

Type: L
Height: 104 cm
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Type: waist
Height: 71
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