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“Escale” Summer Dress Suit

Christian Dior, Yves Saint LaurentSpring/summer 1958

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

This simple, knee-hugging dress has a bodice of double-pleated glass batiste with wide, round neckline and short sleeves. It closes in the back with six self-covered buttons. A rep ribbon with bow is mounted above the waist at the back. The waist-length jacket is straight and has an oversized shawl collar. It is ornamentally covered with buttoned white glass batiste and the edges are traced in rep ribbon. The jacket has a double-breasted closure and the sleeves are three-quarter length. In collection lists the ensemble appears under the Tailleurs category and was presented by the model known as France. This piece was formerly in the possession of the US-American actress Olivia de Havilland, who celebrated one of her greatest successes in 1939 with the film Gone with the Wind, which was based on a novel by Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949).

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  • Title: “Escale” Summer Dress Suit
  • Creator: Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior
  • Date: Spring/summer 1958
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Provenance: 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection; 1993 Christie’s, London, estate of Olivia de Havilland, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Proof of manufacture: Woven black on white label on jacket neck: Christian Dior Paris, Printemps-Eté 1958 (vertical on left) Made in France; printed gold signature in pocket Christian Dior
  • Place of origin: Paris, France
  • Length: Dress: fl./bl. 103 cm, bodice: fl./bl. 36 cm, jacket: fl./bl. 52 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Ensemble
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Plain weave dark-blue wool by Girondeau, plain weave natural white cotton organdy by Brivet, dark blue rep ribbon Lining: dark-blue silk, plain weave taffeta lining

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