Dress (a) of dark blue silk taffeta. Strapless, fitted bodice has sweetheart neckline. Bouffant skirt with pleated waistline. Falls below the knee. Jacket (b) of self-fabric. Short and fitted, with deep V-shaped neckline in front and bateau neckline in back. Short sleeves. Jacket wraps right over left and fastens with a side hook closure. Shawl collar (c) of pleated white silk organza. Detachable. Dark blue silk fabric bow at center front.
Object was donated and worn by dancer and choreographer Ruth Page (Mrs. Thomas Hart Fisher).
Of the spring 1956 collection- the Tulip line- Vogue reported, "Not since 1947 and Dior's famous first Collection have Paris fashions had such a rush of femininity- nor have there been so many bravos at the dramatic end of an opening." The small jacket cut high to reveal the waist of the skirt, called a "Caraco" was a common element of the Tulip line.