A Christian Dior Calais Lace Cocktail Couture Dress Collection Ligne Oblique (?) Circa 1948/1950
Ligne Oblique Collection (?) Circa 1948/1950
A Calais black lace cocktail or ceremonial dress by Christian Dior. Black and white transparency effect obtained by superimposing a black bouquets lace on a cream taffeta lined with cream tulle. High fitting bodice tight waist and hips. Very fine pleated work on the small balloon sleeves and on the chest adorned with five matching buttons and a flat knot. Oblique effect with pleats which goes down on the hips at the back. Cream tarlatane lining in the bottom of the skirt amplified by two ecru cotton tulle underskirts, then by a tarlatane petticoat, and a cream taffeta underskirt. Black woven label, white graphics Christian Dior Paris.
It all started when the editor of the Harper'Bazaar cried out in 1947 (It's quite a Revolution, dear Christian! Your dresses are wonderful, they have such a New Look!) - Announcing the start of a first revolution of the post-war fashion. Christian Dior, as in the model presented here, is inspired by flower curves to design his dresses. Her first period of creation, which we usually assess between 1947 and 1950, developed the theme of the flower woman with a strong reference to the 18th and 19th centuries. He successively declined the lines “Corolle” and “En 8”, “Envol” and “Zigzag”, “Ailée”, “Trompe l'oeil” and “ Milieu de siècle”, “Vertical” and “Oblique”, the collection to which this dress probably belongs.
Dimensions: Equivalent Size 36/38 France Front height 135 cm Back height 140 cm Shoulders 35 cm Collar 14 cm Back neckline 25 cm Sleeves 14 cm Chest 91 cm Waist 67 cm Circumference of skirt 600 cm