Christian Dior (French, 19051957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
Wool, silk, straw
Gift of Christian Dior, 1955 (C.I.55.63a–c)
A model primarily remembered for having been in the wedding trousseau of Olivia de Havilland, this gray wool suit is the transfiguration of the man's suit as an expression of the feminine. More importantly, this suit, long anticipated by Dior's interest in tailoring and in menswear fabrics, is poised on the edge of his move away from the New Look's historicism toward a simpler, increasingly reductive, architectonic geometry. The essential A-line of the 1960s began here.