Dress, afternoon-style, of silk velour printed with dark pink roses on a black ground. Scoop neck; short sleeves. Pleated at waist. Black silk piping at collar and waist, with bow at center front waist.
This dress, alongside another in the museum's collection (1969.939a-b), is a perfect example of the trickledown effect of haute couture on mainstream fashion. In this case, a Christian Dior couture garment that would have required three fittings has been translated into an affordable dress and sold at a fraction of the cost. Popular fabrics and designs from haute couture collections were picked up by ready-to-wear designers in subsequent seasons.