Vintage Christian Dior ball gown fall/winter House of Dior French from silk, sequins, stones and simulated pearls.

Dress, 1805-1810, At the beginning of the nineteenth century, whitework became the favored embellishment for fashionable Grecian-style gowns, the latest fashion, with low necks and high waists. The neo-classical design at the skirt's center front echoes the delicate swags on embroidered pictures, while the sheer gauze fabric (which required a solid color underdress to avoid indecent exposure) recalls the floating train on the Egyptian princess's dress in Ruth Green Barber's Moses picture.

Dress, 1805-1810, At the beginning of the nineteenth century, whitework became the favored embellishment for fashionable Grecian-style gowns, the latest fashion, with low necks and high waists. The neo-classical design at the skirt's center front echoes the delicate swags on embroidered pictures, while the sheer gauze fabric (which required a solid color underdress to avoid indecent exposure) recalls the floating train on the Egyptian princess's dress in Ruth Green Barber's Moses picture.

Ivory satin and gold lace evening dress, 1920s. From the Doyle couture auction, Nov 1999.

Ivory satin and gold lace evening dress, 1920s. From the Doyle couture auction, Nov 1999.

"A" ensemble, spring/summer 1955 Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947) Wool, silk, straw

"A" ensemble, spring/summer 1955 Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947) Wool, silk, straw

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