Dress, afternoon-style, of black wool. Fitted bodice (a) has round neckline; ties at center front; three buttons down to natural waist; fabric at center back flares to form small caplet over shoulder blades; long straight sleeves with turned-back cuffs. Full A-line skirt (b) is pleated at waistband; center front clasp and button closures; exaggerated patch pockets at hip; hits at mid-calf.
Christian Dior/Paris; Made in France; 7829; Made in France
This gown is an example of the New Look introduced by Christian Dior in 1948.
Dior dominated the world of fashion for a decade- from the spectacular appearance of the New Look in 1947 to his sudden death in 1957. Dior's Zig-Zag collection of 1948 aimed to 'give the figure the animated look of a drawing.' This dress, for example, features a flaring shoulder line, turned-back cuffs, and exaggerated pockets.