Cocktail Dress (2-piece) with Coat; scissor dress of navy blue velvet and matching satin with coat of a lighter blue satin. Called "Pizanelle" Bodice (a), boned and fitted - camisole styled - made of the velvet with an inner bodice of the satin a quarter inch exposed at the top; straps of velvet attached to inner bodice; left side hook and eye closing on the velvet top and center back hook and eye closing on the matching taffeta foundation; the taffeta peplum attached to bodice is worn inside the skirt. Skirt (b) consists of a tubular underskirt of velvet with a side back slit which is concealed by a velvet overdrape and scissors drape on the left front side which is made of lined and padded navy blue satin; an attached belt lined with velvet ends in two very wide loops which hook at the waistband at the top of the scissors drape; concealed left side front zipper closing; tubular skirt is lined with black satin. Coat (c) is of a lighter hue than the dress, but is still almost a midnight blue; it is cut on voluminous lines with inverted pleat at center back falling from just below the neckline which is cut up to form a short standing collar effect; wings over the full three-quarter length sleeves are almost cape-like; sleeves are held in at the bottom with wide box pleats; self fabric lined; inner lining adds to its body and stiffness; no fasteners. Handbag (d) of navy blue satin with horizontal folds. The clasp which extends across the top covered with half a cylinder of polychrome sealing wax design of plastic. Lined with matching satin with two pockets.


  • Title: Pisanelle
  • Creator: Christian Dior
  • Fashion House: House of Dior, (French, founded 1947)
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: (a) Length at CB: 7 in. (17.8 cm) (b) Length at CF: 30 in. (76.2 cm) (c) Length at CB: 47 in. (119.4 cm) (d) Height: 7 in. (17.8 cm)
  • Season: fall/winter 1949–50
  • Type: dress
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: (a–c) silk_x000D_ (d) silk, metal, plastic
  • Date Created: fall/winter 1949–50, 1949/1950
  • Culture: French
  • Creator Death Date: 1957
  • Creator Birth Date: 1905
  • Accession Number: C.I.53.40.9a–d

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