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"Venus"

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
fall/winter 1949–50
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, sequins, rhinestones, simulated pearls
Dimensions:
(a) Length at CB: 4 in. (10.2 cm) (b) Length at CB: 49 in. (124.5 cm) (c) Overall: 1 1/2 x 5 in. (3.8 x 12.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1953
Accession Number:
C.I.53.40.7a–e
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 961
Amidst the silvery spumelike net resembling sea foam, pearlescent shell-shaped scallops pronounce Venus risen from the waters. But Dior has not only evoked the story of Venus; he has also created an ideal of beauty. The sparkling splendor of such a garment is the dream of a ball gown. For Dior, fantasy was both marvelous and ideal. He strove to make an archetypal evening gown, but he was also creating the confections for the great postwar theme balls.
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