Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
wool, silk, beads, rhinestones
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)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965
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.