Christian Dior 1970s Muslin Cotton checked Dress

A great example of early 1970s daywear and by one of the most revered fashion houses of all time. The dress is a classic front-fastening shirtwaister design with wide lapel collar and three buttons leading down to the wide waistband. This middle portion of the dress does up with three hook and eyes while the skirt portion of the dress is comprised of neat box pleats and a slightly flared design. The last button is placed at the bottom of the waistband. The sleeves are typical of the era - voluminous with a neat buttoned cuff. The arms are not lined which gives just the faintest hint of skin underneath. The dress is lined in a quality acetate fabric while the buttons are plastic. The waistband is backed with a thick cream grosgrain fabric. Below the waistband the dress has a further 4 popper fastenings to allow full access.

The dress is in excellent vintage condition with the muslin cotton fabric still fresh looking and crisp. It carries the Christian Dior London label, design number 59140. On very close inspection we have noted a pin sized black mark that is generally lost in the design on the rear of the skirt. The lining is showing wear on the skirt portion of the dress with numerous small holes in a localised area. These of course cannot be seen on the outside of the dress and are mentioned for accuracy. The lining could very easy be replaced in the lower portion of the dress or even removed if desired. Of note there is a reasonable seam allowance in this dress so alterations could be made on the side seams. Furthermore, it would not be a difficult task to move the poppers or the buttons to gain a tiny bit of extra room down the front of the dress. That said, it would fit around a UK size 8, US 4 as it is.

BUST - 35 in. (89.5 cm)
WAIST - 26 in. (66 cm)
HIP - 38 in. (97 cm)
LENGTH - 41 in. (104.5 cm)
SHOULDERS - 15 in. (38.5 cm)

Pickup available at CIRCA VINTAGE

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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?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

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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