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1960s Christian Dior Marc Bohan Demi Couture Red Velvet Florals Silk Skirt
Dior’s untimely death at the age of 52 in 1957 might have left the postwar fashion powerhouse in disarray. However, the expertise and beauty he inspired was skillfully adapted by Parisian born designer Marc Bohan. Bohan, who was 34 when he became Creative Director at Dior, was known as a perfectionist with a leaning towards luxurious fabrics.
This silk satin, which delicately bleeds a pattern of red velvet blooms, does not disappoint. The full body of this satin cocktail skirt is expertly pleated into the width of the waistband, reducing bulk and accentuating the silhouette of the wearer. Sitting just below knee length, the high quality of the construction is even evident to those who are not prone to noticing. Completely lined in silk organza, all interior seams and hems are finished by hand.
A handset zipper sits at left side; three hook and eyes and a handset snap secure the waistband. This versatile piece can be worn with silk chiffon or black cashmere. The Dior label has the original owner’s client number printed onto it, indicating that this was a custom piece for someone at Dior’s Parisian atelier. Needless to say, Bohan’s garments for Dior were worn by some of the most illustrious women in the world, including Princess Caroline and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Size estimate: XS/S
Waist: 26 inches
Hips: up to 38 inches
Length: 30 inches
This stunning skirt from Christian Dior is in excellent condition. With his subtle but expert control of fabric weights and patterns, Bohan is comfortable letting the fabric feature prominently. The black satin of this pleated skirt features an unusual red velvet bloom speckled with black lowlights. Fully lined in black silk organza, all interior seams are hand finished.
The midi-length skirt closes on the side with a handset painted metal zipper. Three hook and eyes and a handset snap secure the waistband. Professionally cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.