Dress with matching belt of silvery gray moiré ottoman; molded bodice and a high round neck with a center slit to the bosom; long sleeves and a full formed skirt falling away from a stiff yoke; mid-calf length. (a) Dress - bodice is shaped by Y darts under the bosom and is cut in one with the sleeves which have diamond-shaped gussets under each arm. Skirt has an inverted box pleat at the center back and is completely lined with white net and bands of crinoline stitched together. Skirt yoke comes to an inverted V in the center front and is stiffened with crinoline ruffles which are attached underneath. Dress has a center back zipper closing. (b) Belt - contour of matching fabric lined with white leather and having self-faced extensions which tie into a loose knot.


  • Title: La Cigale
  • Creator: Christian Dior
  • Fashion House: House of Dior, (French, founded 1947)
  • Physical Dimensions: (a) Length at CB: 47 in. (119.4 cm) (b) Length: 44 in. (111.8 cm)
  • Season: fall/winter 1952–53
  • Type: dress
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: silk
  • Date Created: fall/winter 1952–53, 1952/1953
  • Culture: French
  • Creator Death Date: 1957
  • Creator Birth Date: 1905
  • Accession Number: C.I.59.26.3a, b

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