CHRISTIAN DIOR “PALMYRE” COUTURE JEWELED STRAPLESS EVENING GOWN, 1952.
Platinum silk satin opulently decorated with prong set rhinestones and blue jewels, pearls, silver metallic cord, periwinkle embroidery and sequins, boned bodice with top band of darts above meandering floral trailing down skirt having side pleats and center back inverted pleat. Bust 35, waist 26, length 51. It appears that the interior corset, probably with label, has been removed, minor bead loss, hem edge slightly soiled. The Duchess of Windsor’s short cocktail length version of this dress is in the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum City of Paris. Marlene Dietrich and Mrs. Illustrated in Alexandra Palmer’s new book, “Couture and Commerce: The Transatlantic Fashion Trade in the 1950’s”, page 248 and 249. Marlene Dietrich and Mrs. Charles Chaplain also owned versions of this dress.
Hand sewn couture quality black silk with boned and scalloped bodice extremely fitted through the hip flaring to a scalloped hem dipping at back with accordion pleated faille hem band, lined in silk crepe, hem stiffened with tulle.
Smoke silk tulle over organza, having ruched ¾ sleeve, deep V-neck, bodice gathered into pointed waistband with side ties, full skirt gathered into seven self ruffles edged in carbon bugle beads over two organza underskirts.