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Evening Dress

Made by: Oldric Royce, Inc.

Currently in storage

About this object

This full-length evening dress illustrates the "New Look" created by Christian Dior in Paris in 1947. His designs featured natural shoulders, cinched waists, and full stiffened skirts, elements that were major influences on women's dress styles during the 1950s.

This pale pink and purple evening dress is cut in a princess line. The boned bodice has narrow shoulder straps concealed by wide, winged epaulettes. Epaulettes are edged in purple velvet and trimmed with cut purple lace and sequins. A wide band of velvet at the hem continues through the skirt in seven vertical sections ending at the waist in inverted box pleats. Each section is edged with shaped lace, extending beyond the waist into the bodice, and domed sequins. The pink sections of the skirt are decorated with iridescent purple, flat sequins. The dress is fully lined with pink satin acetate stiffened with a 15" band of paper felt and a 5" band of horsehair at hem. Four sections of gathered net are applied to the lining below the waist to maintain the bell shape of the skirt. The garment has a gros-grain waist tape and closes at center back with a metal zipper.

Object name:
Evening Dress
Made from:
Silk faille -- velvet -- cotton lace -- sequins
Made in:
USA: New York, NY
Date made:
shoulder to waist front __16.50 IN ||shoulder to waist back __16.00 IN ||waist circumference __28.00 IN ||waist to hem front __41.50 IN ||waist to hem back __43.50 IN ||hem circumference __204.00 IN
shoulder to waist front __41.91 CM ||shoulder to waist back __40.64 CM ||waist circumference __71.12 CM ||waist to hem front __105.41 CM ||waist to hem back __110.49 CM ||hem circumference __518.16 CM

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
label __Oldric / Royce inc. / NEW YORK __in side seam of skirt
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Ingenue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion from the Collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post"