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Dress, hat and boots model no. 39
2000 {designed, spring-summer, The tramp collection}; made 2003

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
Paris, France
couture no. 333 381
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Norma and Stuart Leslie, Governors, 2002
© Christian Dior
Gallery location
Not on display
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.