- silk, rayon, cotton, baleen, metal
- (a) 57.0 cm (centre back) 24.0 cm (waist, flat) (bodice)
(b) 115.0 cm (centre back) 26.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt)
- Place/s of Execution
- Paris, France
- couture no: 16778
- Accession Number
- International Fashion and Textiles
- Credit Line
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation from the wardrobe of Mrs Mavis Powell by her daughter Mrs Angela Wood, Fellow, 2001
© Christian Dior
- Gallery location
- Not on display
- (a) The bodice in red silk is fitted and constructed with rounded shoulders and short cap sleeves. The unusual halter neckline has a narrow mandarin collar with a tapering front, secured at the centre with three self-covered buttons. The sleeves are gathered into six folds at each shoulder creating a billowing effect. The inner bodice is structured like a corset with eight metal 'bones' and is secured at the centre front with fifteen metal hook and loop fasteners, controlling the defined shape of the torso culminating in a nipped waistline.
(b) The full-length skirt in black taffeta has sunray pleats falling in two tiers. The top tier wraps the skirt asymmetrically. The skirt forms a flower shape following similar lines to Dior's original 'Corolle' design, which simulated the whorl of petals forming the inner envelope of a flower.