KCIDigital Archives

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Day Dress "La Cigale"

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

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Day Dress "La Cigale"

Autumn/Winter 1952

Christian Dior
Christian Dior
Christian Dior PARIS AUTOMNE-HIVER 1952 (22800 Stamp) (52751 Hand writing)
Grey silk ottoman moiré; hard double tulle petticoat.
Inventory Number(s)
AC391 77-13-8AC

This dress from the collections "Profile Line," which have a distinctive sharp silhouette. In contrast to the slender upper body, the skirt spreads out three-dimensionally. Supported by a stiff petticoat, which has same form of the outer skirt, the skirt maintains a perfect silhouette.
Christian Dior led the golden age of Haute Couture in Paris since introducing the "New Look" in 1947. He created new silhouettes, such as the "Tulip line" and "A-line," one after another for every season. Using a stiff interlining and bones, Dior created three-dimensional silhouettes.