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Vintage 1963 Christian Dior Gold Lamé & Textured Wool Documented Dress Suit

$1,800

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Breathtaking Christian Dior designer documented ensemble dating back to Fall-Winter 1963. The House of Dior has been an enduring icon of haute couture. When the talented Marc Bohan took over as head designer in 1960, he continued the Dior tradition of elegant design. This beautiful three-piece suit is a perfect example of his talent. The fabric used for this garment is breathtaking; sparkling metallic-lame threaded multi-colored, silk-lined wool. The jacket is an open-front fitted silhouette with the matching sleeveless blouse underneath. The flattering skirt is a high-waisted hourglass pencil-wiggle. As Dior said, "I will only say now that elegance must be the right combination of distinction, naturalness, care and simplicity." This luxurious ensemble is a wonderful mix of these elements. Measurements Blouse Bust:36-37 inches Waist:30 inches Total Length:19 inches Skirt Waist:27 inches Hips:38 inches Total Length:26 inches Jacket Total Length:20 inches Shoulder to Shoulder:16 inches This documented Christian Dior designer three-piece suit is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working metal-zippers. This ensemble is over 60 years old and is truly timeless.

Details

  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Bust: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Waist: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Hip: 38 in. (96.52 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3095555201

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    Ships From: Beverly Hills, CA
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    This item cannot be returned.

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About Christian Dior (Manufacturer)

Christian Dior was born in Granville, on the Normandy coast, in 1905. His prosperous haute bourgeois parents wanted him to become a diplomat despite his interest in art and architecture. However, they agreed to bankroll an art gallery, which Dior opened in 1928 in Paris with a friend.


This was the start of Dior’s rise in the city’s creative milieu, where he befriended Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. After seven years as an art dealer, Dior retrained as a fashion illustrator, eventually landing a job as a fashion designer for Robert Piguet, and in 1941, following a year of military service, he joined the house of Lucien Lelong. Just five years later, with the backing of industrialist Marcel Boussac, the ascendant Dior established his own fashion house, at 30 avenue Montaigne in Paris. There, the visionary couturier would alter the landscape of 20th century fashion.


Just two years after the end of World War II, the fashion crowd and the moribund haute couture industry were yearning, comme tout Paris, for security and prosperity, desperate to discard the drab, sexless, utilitarian garb imposed by wartime deprivation. They needed to dream anew.


And Dior delivered: He designed a collection for a bright, optimistic future. “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian!” exclaimed Carmel Snow, the prescient American editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, famously proclaiming, “Your dresses have such a new look.” The press ran with the description, christening Dior’s debut Spring/Summer haute couture collection the New Look. “God help those who bought before they saw Dior,” said Snow. “This changes everything.”


Dior’s collection definitively declared that opulence, luxury and femininity were in. His skirts could have 40-meter-circumference hems, and outfits could weigh up to 60 pounds. They were cut and shaped like architecture, on strong foundations that molded women and “freed them from nature,” Dior said. Rather than rationing, his ladies wanted reams of fabric and 19-inch waists enforced by wire corsets, and the fashion world concurred. The debut got a standing ovation.


In the subsequent decade, Paris ruled as the undisputed fashion capital of the world, and Christian Dior reigned as its king. With the luxuriously full skirts of his New Look, suits and his drop-dead gorgeous evening dresses and ball gowns worthy of any princess — an expansive collection of which can be found at 1stDibs — Dior gave women the gift of glamour they’d lost in the miserable years of war.

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