Dress (a), evening-style, of black and dark pink floral printed silk velour. Fitted bodice with V-shaped neckline. Short sleeves. Skirt has inverted pleats at waist to create volume; knee-length. Belt (b) of pleated self-fabric.
Object was donated and worn by dancer and choreographer Ruth Page (Mrs. Thomas Hart Fisher).
This dress, alongside another in the collection (2008.142.1), is a perfect example of the 'trickle down' effect of haute couture on mainstream fashion. This Christian Dior couture design, which would have required three fittings, was subsequently 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.