silk, paint, lacquer, metal, viscose, nylon, water based paint, leather
(a) 224.2 cm (centre back) 35.0 cm (waist, flat) (dress) (b) 123.0 cm (outer circumference) 31.0 cm (height) 58.0 cm (width) (hat) (c-d) 51.8 × 8.2 × 21.2 cm (each) (boots)
Place/s of Execution
couture no. 333 381
(a) label, inside proper right side, woven in black silk on whitesilk: Christian Dior / HAUTE COUTURE / PARIS. label, inside proper right side, printed in grey on white cotton: 33381 AH2002 2003 / 100% SOIE (b) label, inside brim at back, woven in black thread on white ground: MADE IN FRANCE / Christian Dior / PARIS (c-d) stamped in gold, heel of the inner sole: Christian / Dior stamped in sole, at the arch and facing the heel: MADE IN ITALY / 38
Special Exhibitions Gallery Ground Level, NGV International
An asymmetrical full-length dress comprised of a twisted corset bodice with protruding metal boning, and panelled skirt cut narrow to the knees and flaring into an asymmetrical hemline. The gown is cut and constructed from an ivory colour silk taffeta, which has been applied with hand painting in rose, white, and black net appliqués. Approximately half of the corset is constructed from floral pink and ivory silk brocade, and a hip panel in striped pink brocade. The feature fastening of the gown is black cotton tape lacing through some of the 51 pairs (102) of metal eyelets that run the full length of an opening curving from side back around to side front. The gown’s lacing is concentrated from the low back to the hip incorporating a pair of brass buckles that attach to black tapes fastening over the top of the corset (similarity to mechanisms usually found in the internal waistline of historical corsetry). An invisible zipper is concealed alongside the lacing.