Woman's evening dress: Katisha-San
For House of Christian Dior (French, founded 1946)
Object Place: Paris, France
Center back: 185.4 cm (73 in.) Center front: 154.9 cm (61 in.) Costume: 28 1/2 Bust 21 1/2 in. Waist (72.4 x 54.6 cm)
Medium or Technique
Silk satin and faille embroidered with silk and crystals
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Strapless evening dress (Look 27 from Origami Couture collection, Spring/Summer 2007) of white silk satin; with red faille drape around skirt and watteau-like back pleats; white satin embroidered with Swarowski crystals (embroidered by Montex) and red faille embroidered with green bamboo and Japanese decorative motives in thick twist silk (embroidered by Muller); White silk satin woven by Taroni (Como, Italy) and red faille woven by Veraseta (Charlieu, France). Created in the Couture Atelier of Dior, 300 hours of work.
Since being hired by Christian Dior in 1996, John Galliano’s designs for the Dior couture and ready-to-wear collections, as well as his eccentric personality, have brought increasing fame and profitability to the house. Galliano designed the dress Katisha-san for the Dior Spring/Summer 2007 Couture collection, drawing inspiration from the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly and from Japanese design. Here, Japanese decorative themes such as chrysanthemums and bamboo are paired with a silhouette reminiscent of the elaborate ball gowns of Christian Dior, demonstrating Galliano’s ability to combine diverse sources of inspiration and to create a dress of extraordinary beauty.
Purchased from Christian Dior Couture by the MFA (Accession Date: December 12, 2007)
Museum purchase with funds donated by the Fashion Council, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Reproduced with permission.