Christian Dior for Christian Dior SEspring/summer 1955

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A model primarily remembered for having been in the wedding trousseau of Olivia de Havilland, this gray wool suit is the transfiguration of the man's suit as an expression of the feminine. More importantly, this suit, long anticipated by Dior's interest in tailoring and in menswear fabrics, is poised on the edge of his move away from the New Look's historicism toward a simpler, increasingly reductive, architectonic geometry. The essential A-line of the 1960s began here.

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  • Title: Ensemble
  • Creator: Christian Dior
  • Fashion House: House of Dior, (French, founded 1947)
  • Date Created: spring/summer 1955
  • Type: Ensemble
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: (a–c) wool, silk_x000D_ (d) straw
  • Designer: Christian Dior
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: Gift of Christian Dior, 1955
  • Creator Death Date: 1957
  • Creator Birth Date: 1905
  • Accession Number: C.I.55.63a–d