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cocktail dress 2012.15

Object Name: cocktail dress

Artist/Maker: Christian Dior, Paris
Place of Creation: Europe, France, Paris
Date: 1953

Accession Number: 2012.15
Image Copyright: ©Manchester City Galleries
Credit: [image copyright] Christie's, South Kensington

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk

Two piece cocktail ensemble comprising a black cloque silk bodice, with very wide low neckline; and a fitted tapering black silk satin skirt with applied front made-up bow. Unlabelled, but Dior Tulip line, Printemps/Ete 1953.
Belonged to the private collector, BillyBoy*, the avante-garde artist, designer and art collector who has been collecting top-end couture for 40 years and who lives in Switzerland. He bought it in the 1970s on the advice of Mr Francois Lesage from a society woman in Paris, to whom he agreed anonimity.
There are similar models illustrated in French Vogue Avril 1953 (p.88) with the same wide neckline and satin skirt; or in L'Officiel Septembre 1953 (p.67) for a Duchorne advert for Dior.