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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), For House of Christian Dior (French, founded 1946)

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