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Dinner suit

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
fall/winter 1955
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool, silk, beads, rhinestones
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 24 1/2 in. (62.2 cm) Length at CB (b): 29 in. (73.7 cm) Length at CF (c): 13 in. (33 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965
Accession Number:
2009.300.361a–c
Not on view
In his fall-winter 1956 collection, Dior experimented with layering, creating suits that offered equally "finished" looks whether or not the jacket was worn. In this example, the suit, in a striking cherry-red wool, transformed into a smart red and black dinner dress when the client removed her jacket, completely changing her look. The beaded trim at the neckline of the velvet blouse offers a tasteful bit of ornamentation to an outfit which serves as an example of Dior's precise tailoring.
Marking: Label: "Automne-Hiver 1955/Christian Dior/Paris/77976"
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