1950s Christian Dior Paris Pink Silk Damask Dress

£6,975.00

This dress is an extraordinary Parisian made example from the early days of the house of Christian Dior and we have been fortunate to handle this same dress twice in the last 20 years. It is so well made that these examples are generally known as 'demi couture' and were made to almost the same standards as the haute couture line. Of complex construction and cut from a beautiful pink and red damask silk, with stunning bow detail at the left hip. It epitomises perfectly Dior's most celebrated silhouette, that of a nipped in waist and full hipped skirt. The bodice features a crossover front, and the fabric is draped across the back to create a layered effect. The skirt features two stiffened net tulle underskirts to create extra volume and structure. The inside of the dress is lined with a soft and delicate white silk organza, which would feel incredible on the body when worn. The dress is accessed from the side zip of the bodice and a central rear zip which also has dainty poppers to fasten the skirt portion.

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. Our model is a UK 8-10 and 5ft 11in (180cm) and this dress fit her well.

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.

MEASUREMENTS:

BUST: 36 in. ( 88.9 cm )
WAIST: 30 in. ( 73.66 cm )
HIP: 44 in. ( 93.98 cm )
LENGTH: 37 in. (93.98 cm )

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F.A.Q.

Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.


We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.


You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

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Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

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Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

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Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

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