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Christian Dior Red Maxi Dress & Shawl Documented 1970s
The House of Dior is known for its immaculately tailored ensembles and strikingly lavish couture gowns. Yet from time to time, Dior takes an unexpected turn. The 1978 collection created under the direction of Marc Bohan, took a colorful and adventurous angle through a combination of rich colors, and loose, folksy silhouettes.
This dress is done in a vivid red georgette with a square burnout motif throughout. The dress begins with two satin ribbons that act as adjustable straps. An overlay drapes from the squared neckline adding an extra feminine dimension to the bodice.
From a high empire waistline, the relatively straight skirt extends to an ankle length hem. The combination of the repeating square motif and the substantial skirt creates a flattering illusion of height.
This dress also comes with a stunning shawl in a matching fabric done in red and honey gold. The shawl boasts a geometric print and an Art Nouveau floral border giving this shawl a regal and antique charm. This bold ensemble is sure to make a splash at any evening or formal event. Lively yet reserved, this dress can be seen pictured in a Dior 1978 editorial.
Bust: 36 inches
Waist: up to 50 inches
Hips: up to 50 inches
Length: 59 inches, extra 2.5 inches if need to let down hem
Length: 125 inches
Width: 46 inches
This ensemble also comes with a matching fabric choker. The dress closes with a concealed zip and hooks and is fully lined in a matching semi-sheer fabric. In excellent condition, this ensemble has been professionally eco dry 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.