Evening gownEvening gown
Unknown maker
ca. 1953

This gown has all the elements of the "New Look" popularized by renowned French designer Christian Dior. This new style initially evoked some resistance from women because the extravagant use of fabric made it relatively costly. Dior's design house was financed by Marcel Boussac, a major French textile manufacturer, which likely had some effect on the amount of material Dior used in his gowns. Their partnership aided the postwar recovery of haute couture and textile manufacturing.

The silhouette was achieved with fitted, boned foundations under the strapless bodice and stiffened petticoats under the full knife-pleated skirt.

Gift of Mrs. Sidney J. Besthoff, Jr.
Worn by the donor to her daughter's wedding

LSM #1982.131.06a-d