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John Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture, Autumn 1997 two piece suit of gray wool tweed. The jacket peplum is padded and references the jackets of Dior's New Look of 1947. Worn with a choker made of 35 rings of silver. From the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.

John Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture, Autumn 1997 two piece suit of gray wool tweed. The jacket peplum is padded and references the jackets of Dior's New Look of 1947. Worn with a choker made of 35 rings of silver. From the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.

Marjorie Merriweather Post's evening dress and purse, made by Mme. Frances, Inc., New York, 1924-27, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Other accessories include a matching slip, cape and fan. Silk velvet, rhinestones.

Marjorie Merriweather Post's evening dress and purse, made by Mme. Frances, Inc., New York, 1924-27, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Other accessories include a matching slip, cape and fan. Silk velvet, rhinestones.

House of Dior (French, founded 1947), Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957). “Venus” Dress (detail), autumn/winter 1949–50, Haute Couture. Machine–sewn, hand–finished gray silk taffeta and tulle; hand–applique of gray silk tulle and horsehair petals, hand–embroidered with opalescent, gold, and silver gelatin sequins, feather paillettes, synthetic pearls, and clear crystals. Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope. #ManusxMachina #CostumeInstitute

House of Dior (French, founded 1947), Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957). “Venus” Dress (detail), autumn/winter 1949–50, Haute Couture. Machine–sewn, hand–finished gray silk taffeta and tulle; hand–applique of gray silk tulle and horsehair petals, hand–embroidered with opalescent, gold, and silver gelatin sequins, feather paillettes, synthetic pearls, and clear crystals. Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope. #ManusxMachina #CostumeInstitute