Christian Dior (French, 19051957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
Gift of Mrs. Henry Rogers Benjamin, 1965 (C.I.65.14.18a–c)
With this ensemble, Dior posed a layered repudiation of his own New Look silhouette. The coat, of an exaggerated blockiness, was to be worn over a tubular dress that ignored the waist and barely acknowledged the bust and hipline. A decade after his innovation, Dior was resolutely denouncing the elements that for so long had constituted his work.