Bust: measures 33.5” flat to fit approx. 32”
Waist: measures 29” flat to fit up to 26-27” somewhat loosely
Hip: measures 38” flat, to fit up to 35” loosely
Length: 39” from shoulder to hem in front
Sleeve length: 8.5” long with 11.5” opening at hem
Shoulder to shoulder: 14.5”
Label: Christian Dior New York Inc., Saks Fifth Avenue store label
This marvelously mod 1960s Christian Dior - New York grey wool dress is from the era of Dior when Marc Bohan was head designer. Ready-to-wear Dior items like this dress may have been designed by Bohan, or by another designer specifically working on pieces for the boutique line in NY. Either way, this is a great example of how more conservative, high-end fashion houses like Dior were reacting to the clean lines and “space-age” elements of the mid-1960s mod aesthetic. (We found reference to this particular design in the Met archives, dated to 1964, and, while we can’t confirm that exact date, mid-1960s seems like a reasonable estimate.) The shift silhouette is gently fitted at the bust with darts, above a front waist seam which sits slightly above the natural waist and curves to dip just below the natural waist at the sides of the dress (no seam in back). The mid-weight heather grey wool fabric is accented with decorative black plastic buttons and a black leather bow at the curving waist seam. The bodice buttons and loops are non-functional; the dress actually fastens at the center back with a metal zipper, which has been hand-sewn. A nice design detail: the triangular panel at the front of the bodice mirrors the triangular shape formed by the wide center pleat in the A-line skirt front. We believe that the dress had been hemmed shorter at one time, but this appears to be the original length. The grey silk lining of the dress has some damage/discoloration at the underarms (no odor), which is not at all visible when the dress is worn. In very good condition, this 1960s Christian Dior dress has been freshly dry-cleaned and has no other issues to note.