The label, which is perfectly intact, reads 'Made in France, Christian Dior Paris, 2813201', and having researched numerous archives and haute couture collections, we feel it can be dated to 1956/57 - a period which oversaw the climax of Dior's career, and the production of some of his final designs.
This condition of this Dior is nothing short of extraordinary and she has been very carefully preserved. Slight adjustments appear to have been made for the comfort of the two owners over time. We note that the dress has been let out slightly at both of the side seams and we believe the exterior zip is a quality replacement - though the inner central zip is certainly the original. These alterations have been done incredibly well and all the original fabric is retained. The darts at the back, which are unseen due to the cross over bodice, have been let out slightly; the hem has also been taken up, but no area of the dress has been cut or altered permanently. All of these alterations are very easily returned to their original state if desired.
The craftsmanship and detail in this piece is truly spectacular, and it is in fabulous vintage condition, aside from the very minor alterations noted already. We found only a very small tea stain on the inside of the tulle underskirt - not visible at all when worn. She is also a very rare generous size and would fit a size 12 UK, or 8 US, with a generous seam allowance on the skirt. A professional seamstress could also take her back to her slightly smaller original size.
1950s Dior dresses of this magnitude and age rarely come on the market and we are not likely to see another. Although this is worthy of museum or archive acquisition and would display beautifully, the dress is incredibly wearable and can be enjoyed by a collector/wearer.
BUST: 36 in. ( 88.9 cm )
WAIST: 30 in. ( 73.66 cm )
HIP: 44 in. ( 93.98 cm )
LENGTH: 37 in. (93.98 cm )
1950s Christian Dior Paris Pink Silk Damask Dress
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