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Woman's dress

Designed by Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957)


Center back: 105.4 cm (41 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk twill, printed

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Dress of printed silk twill (foulard), paisley pattern in blue, red, yellow, and brown. Fitted bodice, short cuffed sleeves cut in one with bodice, full, deeply pleated skirt. Bodice is cut on straight grain of fabric, with draped, pieced and pleated panels added in front. Skirt is cut on cross grain of same fabric, with the wider stripes of the pattern (imitating the end borders of a kashmir shawl) hidden in the pleats. Label in side bodice seam: “Christian Dior / Paris,” stamped “09651”; tape on back of label with hand-written number: 17416


October 2003, inherited by donor Jewelle Wooten Bickford, New York; gift to the MFA (Accession date: January 24, 2007)

Credit Line

Gift of the Phyllis Taber Kades Estate inherited by her daughter, Jewelle Wooten Bickford