Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • "Abandon" afternoon dress, fall/winter 1948–49
    Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
    Silk, cotton
    Gift of Bettina Ballard, 1958 (C.I.58.7.8a,b)

    Vogue (September 15, 1948) noted the extraordinary neckline of this dress, specifying the "plunging neckline with side-slanted fold." The asymmetrical gathering of fabric swoops around the neck in the same manner as the 1948 skirts but closes low in the front, exposing an expanse of shoulder. Dior consistently favored scarflike effects to frame a bare shoulder line. Here, he did not have to place linen or other materials in the décolletage; he simply used the natural bunching of silk to serve as an adjustable "modesty" for the deep neckline.

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  • "Abandon" afternoon dress, fall/winter 1948–49
    Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
    Silk, cotton
    Gift of Bettina Ballard, 1958 (C.I.58.7.8a,b)

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