Collection Online

Evening ensemble
1952 {autumn-winter, Profile line collection}

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
(a) label, inside centre back, woven in black thread on white fabric: Christian Dior / PARIS / MADE IN FRANCE 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
Physical description
(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.