Dress (a) of light green silk taffeta. Bodice has attached shawl that covers shoulders and high back. Bodice fabric is draped, pleated, and tucked. Natural waist. A-line skirt flares out from pleating at waist. Falls to the knee. Belt (b) of self-fabric, worn at natural waist. Self-fabric buckle at center front.
The expertly draped bodice and attached shawl of this Christian Dior ready-to-wear cocktail dress are complex construction details usually found only in couture collections. These elements require a great deal of skilled labor usually considered too expensive for the ready-to-wear market.