Willow Hilson Vintage

"The One" Vintage 1962 Ivory Silk Beaded & Embellished Christian Dior Gown UK 8-10 US 4-6


Made in the most exquisite ivory silk, decorated with silver glass claw set rhinestones, glow mesh rhinestone strands, faceted iridescent glass beads, and frosted white glass beads, this original 1960's Christian Dior dress is a rare piece to behold and never again find.

The high rounded neckline of the dress, is framed by a border of embellishments, finished by faceted iridescent glass beads, interspersed with white plastic rhinestone glow mesh strands in a detailed fringing design. The elegant shoulder line sets off the raglan cut of the sleeves, which are edged with intricate and sparkling embellishments, emulating those along the neckline. The fitted bodice, accented by tailored darts, draws the eye to the cinched in waistline. The iconic A line cut of the skirt, completes this dress in an iconic 1960's silhouette.

This dress is fully lined in soft rayon.

Provenance: The piece originally belonged to Carol Thomson Parker, and was worn for her wedding to Michael Avison Parker, the former equerry to Prince Philip. Antony Armstrong-Jones took their wedding photos. A really interesting bit of history! 

Label: Boutique Christian Dior, London 53361

 Armpit to Armpit: 34 to36 inches

Shoulder to Hem: 56 inches

Waist: up to 28 inches

Hips: 46 inches 

Shoulder to End of Sleeve: 6.5 inches

Shoulder to waist: 15.5 inches

Fastenings:22 inch metal zip and two hook and loops

Size: UK 8-10 US 4-6  

Condition: In perfect vintage condition. The sleeves has been professionally let out and can be restored to their former glory should you wish to make them tighter. The hemline of the dress has some light impression marks, where the dress has been worn and lightly touched the ground. Very minor beadwork loss, nothing apparent to the eye. These minor details are in no way apparent when the dress is being worn. 

Washing instructions: This garment should be  professional cleaned 

Fabric: Silk, rayon lined, rhinestones, glass beads, glow mesh 

Vintage garments have been previously worn and lovingly cared for, they may however have a blemish or two. Here at Willow Hilson, we try our very best to note all the details of each garment, although we may sometimes overlook things, which we do apologise for. Please do not expect perfection, unless stated so.

Please make sure you check all the measurements of the garment before purchasing. Vintage garment sizes are not the same as those of today. To ensure the best fit, we suggest you measure you favourite similar style garment and compare it to the measurements we have listed. 

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