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obsession name: Dance dress in white cotton organdy, embroidered with garlands of lily-of-the-valley, Spring Summer 1957 Haute Couture Collection, Christian Dior, Paris
why the obsession:
While I obsess about many things in this blog, I always love it when my friends share their own style obsessions as well. A good friend of mine suggested I feature this Christian Dior Muguet Dance Dress, and I, of course, happily obliged. I’m personally obsessed for many reasons. First off, my first real high-fashion designer purse was my Christian Dior Pink/White Saddle Pouch (which my sister purchased for me while I was a broke student in college, so you can imagine how ecstatic I was) and I’ve always, always, always been fond of anything Dior ever since. Second, I just celebrated my wedding anniversary this weekend, and this dress fights right in with all the wedding/bridal/romantic/anniversary thoughts running through my head as of the moment. I totally see this dress in a prairie-set wedding, with endless green fields as far as the eye can see, with the hair in a low side bun tucked with an ivory flower. I’m totally obsessing over the lily of the valley garlands embroidered in the skirt, do you notice how the swirls get bigger through the bottom and finally until it becomes the skirt trim? Very lovely. And given that this is a Christian Dior “haute couture” piece, I can only imagine the extreme attention to detail to sewing on this dress, by French seamstresses/artisans. Of course, another reason to be obsessed is the ‘50s dance dress shape, with its full-tiered skirt and trimmed with “rick rack”, oh but instead you have fabulous garlands hand sewn into the dress instead of your average trim. With its classic shape, meticulous detail, and overall simple elegance, if this dress doesn’t speak “Grace Kelly” to you, then I don’t know what does.