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  • Dinner dress, fall/winter 1949–50
    Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
    Wool, silk
    Gift of Rosamond Bernier, 1989 (1989.130.1a,b)

    Though known for his ultra-feminine silhouettes, Dior adapted many aspects of menswear for his designs. He appropriated gray-flannel tailoring, houndstooth, white cotton piqué, and other elements of menswear. One of Dior's great achievements was to create from the vocabulary of men's tuxedos. Here, a black wool column is accented with black silk faille that would be in a man's tuxedo lapel and cummerbund. Visible in the asymmetrical wrapping of the pattern pieces is his interest in the drape of fabric.

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  • Dinner dress, fall/winter 1949–50
    Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
    Wool, silk
    Gift of Rosamond Bernier, 1989 (1989.130.1a,b)

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