Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Have Yourself A Christian Dior 1961 Holiday!

The Fall of 1961 marked the somewhat tumultuous end to Yves Saint Laurent's career at Dior and his beginning as one of the most well known and influential couturiers of the 20th century. It was also the beginning of Marc Bohan's nineteen year career designing for the house of Christian Dior.

The initial anticipation to the little known Marc Bohan's debut was not very high but the show was a triumphant, rousing success. Eugenia Sheppard said it best, " I felt like a cat before a bowl of cream".

We certainly felt like a cat before a bowl of cream when we saw this cocktail dress from Marc Bohan's first collection for Dior. It is simply one of the most beautiful and the most beautifully constructed dresses that we have seen at RARE vintage. Jacqueline Kennedy whose early style was youthful, chic and effortless, sent her sister, Lee Radziwell, to see the Fall/Winter 1961 show.

From Marc Bohan's debut collection, the Slim Line, this is a beautiful crepe and matte silk satin black cocktail dress with a slightly flared skirt. This flare actually became known as the Bohan Flare. The empire waist slims and emphasizes a womans body, in the tradition and work of Christian Dior. The unique craft of couture and Marc Bohan's technical mastery is clearly evident in the fit and design of the dress. We promise you that no woman, ourselves included, can be zipped into this dress and not feel like the most elegant and desirable creature in New York, Paris, London or whatever city she may be in.

If your dream closet is the closet of RARE vintage's dreams: Jacqueline Kennedy or Romy Schneider, then this is the ultimate piece of wearable fashion history for you.

Marc Bohan for Christian Dior Fall-Winter 1961 haute couture dress. Labeled and numbered. Size 4.

For more information about this item please email info@rarevintageinc.com or call (212) 581 7273

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