Cocktail dress, Christian Dior, 1954


About this object

For ten years, from 1947 when he launched his revolutionary ‘New Look’ until his premature death in 1957, Christian Dior was the undisputed king of fashion in Paris. The ‘New Look’ caused a sensation, putting women back into dresses with voluminous skirts at a time when, just after the Second World War, fabric was still rationed.

The influence of the ‘New Look’ can be seen in this dress with its full skirt. It was made at Dior’s London branch, which opened in 1954.
  • Date
  • Maker
    Christian Dior
  • Materials
    Flocked rayon satin
  • Credit line
    Gift of Mrs F.J Camenish
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Ground Floor, Craft and Design Gallery
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Collection
    From the World Museum collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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