Blue Silk Faille Evening Dress, 1957


Midnight blue silk faille dress. Very wide decollatage with three self-fabric roses: one at each shoulder and one at center front. Bracelet length sleeves. Very full skirt gathered into waistline. Skirt lined with blue silk organza. Underneatth are three layers of blue net, petticoat with three flounces of horsehair-stiffened net, and cream silk slip. Hem taken-up one half inch. Clothing label: AUTOMNE-HIVER 1957/Christian Dior. Stamped on label: 090226. This dress is from Dior's last collection (he died in 1957) and is illustrated in Dior in Vogue by Brigid Keenan. The Henry Ford owns a Dior design drawing illustrating this dress in red; it was referred to as Rococo.

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