Suit of dark blue wool crepe. Dress (a) with fitted bodice, wide shoulder straps, and slim-fitting skirt. Removable middy-style collar (b) sits flat against jacket. Jacket (c) has collarless, V-shaped neckline and closes right over left with six white plastic buttons. Breast pockets on both sides. Three-quarter sleeves with blousing effect.
Object was donated and worn by dancer and choreographer Ruth Page (Mrs. Thomas Hart Fisher).
Ruth Page reigned as the grande dame of dance in Chicago from the 1920s to the 1980s. By far the largest donor of Dior materials to the Museum, Ruth Page was one of the designer's best Chicago clients. Although some of the pieces were purchased at the Dior salon in New York, most have labels identifying them as from the House of Dior in Paris. Buying these garments would have required Page to visit the Paris salon to be measured and possibly return to the salon numerous times for fittings. Many of her pieces show signs of alterations but a few are among the only unadulterated Dior garments in the Museum's collection.