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Christian Dior Attributed Black and Silver Lace Crystals Maxi Dress, 1970s
During the 1970s, designer Marc Bohan took the reins of the house of Dior following the departure of Yves Saint Laurent. While Saint Laurent’s direction for the house was seemingly more cutting edge and unpredictable, Bohan was publicly acclaimed for his return to the classic approach as the director.
Elegantly crafted from an intricate black and silver lace, the dress is intensified by hundreds of clear crystals embedded into the lacework. Glistening from the jewel neckline the lace flows into long sleeves and to the waistline creating a bold scalloping detail. This detailing is repeated at the hemline. Classically Art Deco, this Dior dress evokes modernism and a flapper aesthetic reinvented. It is an exquisite look having been documented in 1973 Vogue in a spread featuring Lauren Hutton and Karen Graham, photographed by Avedon. Another similar pant ensemble appeared in Jours de France a year earlier.
Size estimate: Small
Shoulders: 16 inches
Sleeves: 23 inches
Bust: 32 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 36 inches
Length: 60 inches
The dress is unlabeled & comes with an attached black slip liner. It closes at centre back with a metal zip. The dress is in excellent condition and has been professionally cleaned. 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.