Woman's dress "Bonne Conduite"

Woman's "trapeze" smock dress in two parts

Spring–Summer 1958
Designed by Yves Saint Laurent (French (born in Algeria), 1936–2008)

Object Place: Paris, France


103 cm (40 9/16 in.); Legacy dimension: length: 1.03 m

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mohair and Silk; Mohair and silk

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



“Trapeze” smock dress. Dress of purple mohair and silk, flared to wide short hem; wide rounded collar, sashes from shoulders tie at front, narrow shoulders, short straight sleeves, 2 vertical welted ecru silk pockets; hook-andeye and zipper closure at back; lined with ecru stiffened silk. (b) Sleeveless chemise slip of fine weight ecru silk; ecru stiffened silk overskirt with buckram at hem over purple net petticoat; purple stiffened silk train depends from upper back to hem; hook-and-eye and zipper closures at back. Label: “Christian Dior, Paris; Printemps-Ete; Made in France.” On dress, hand-written in blue ink on separate label: “91750 AMC File ML.sts(?) / Robe Bonne Conduite” and on slip, hand-written in blue ink on separate label: “91750 AMC File ML.sts(?) / Fondacion robe Bonne Conduite.”


Spring 1958, purchased from House of Christian Dior by Filene's, Boston; purchased from Filene's French Shops by Harriet Wilinsky Goodman; Gift to the MFA December 10, 1980.

Credit Line

Gift of Harriet Wilinsky Goodman