Monday, July 30, 2012


Marc Bohan helmed the House of Dior from 1960 to 1989.  He took over after Yves Saint Laurent, but had previously handled designing the Christian Dior London label from 1959 to 1960.  It was Marc Bohan's designs for Christian Dior that graced the runway at the Palace of Versailles on November 28th, 1973.  This Christian Dior Boutique peasant luxe black chiffon dress is likely from around that time.  The off-the-shoulder dress with ruffle over the neck and shoulder is a silhouette that really works on a myriad of  bodies.  There's no confining waist band.  You can wear a bra with it.  Effortless with flats, glamorous with heels. Pile on the jewels or go bare.  The rich-hippie look never goes out of style.  It's always right to look a little romantic and Bohan injected Dior with a youthful and tasteful style that may not have the shock value of other designers of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, but how many of them churned out Couture collections for three decades?  Sometimes not reinviting the wheel and making people look beautiful is the height of fashion.

Christian Dior Boutique black gypsy dress with jacquard chiffon with black satin ribbons, c. 1970s.  Marked size 6, flexible modern size from 4 to 10.

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