Ensemble of dark blue wool crepe. Jacket (a) with spread collar, center front button closure with one dark blue plastic button; jacket curves in at natural waistline and flares back out at to cover hips; slash pockets at hip. Skirt (b) has high waist; wraps around body and closes right over left; falls below the knee. Collar (c) of white piqué; buttons on the underside of jacket's collar. Two-segment scarf (d-e) of white piqué attaches to inside of collar at both sides; when worn, the two pieces obscure décolletage.
Purchased by Maxine Wishnick for her trip to Paris in 1951 with her husband, Dr. Seymour Wishnick.
Christian Dior often repeated successful themes or designs from his couture lines for the Dior-New York ready-to-wear styles the following season. Another suit in CHM's collection, object number 1977.223a-b, illustrates this process. 1977.223a-b is a couture original while this suit was inspired by it. It was designed for the New York ready-to-wear salon, costing a fraction of the couture price.